HTA Shortlisted in AJ Architecture Awards
HTA's Cator Park, Kidbrook Village project has been successfully shortlisted in the Landscape Architecture category.
HTA’s Landscape team worked across multiple phases of the landscape and public realm of Berkeley Homes’ Kidbrooke Village delivering C 5000 new homes from planning to delivery on site, including the redesign of the 8ha Cator Park in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust.
Drawing upon the history of a lost river that crossed the site and from where the village tales its name, the Lower Kid Brooke, a new chalk stream creates a palimpsest of the ancient waterway as a dry chalk stream wending its way from the north to the south of the park. The chalk stream forms the backbone of the landscape approach, connecting the existing waterbodies with a dry riverbed, acting as a path and inviting the public to discover and interact with the natural environment. It transforms an existing underused parkland into a biodiverse park for people and wildlife, supporting the network of Green Infrastructure beyond the site boundaries, offering social places for the local community to grow.
HTA have returned nature to the city and challenged the perception that urban brownfield development cannot contribute to the wider ecological and biodiversity network whist creating successful spaces for the community. Not only has nature returned but the parkland transformation has received an overwhelmingly positive response from local residents.
Results will be announced on the 20th November.