HERBERTSHIRE CASTLE PARK
Using a mix of landscape architecture design and community engagement to deliver a feasibility study and masterplan for Herbertshire Castle Park.
Community Green Initiative (CGI) commissioned HERE+NOW to prepare a Feasibility Study and Masterplan for Herbertshire Castle Park, with support from LEADER funding. The project process was structured into a number of stages weaving together engagement and design to ensure a holistic design evolution. The stages below describe the tools HERE+NOW put into effect:
DESIGN - site analysis to research and record existing site parameters. This included a review of existing engagement to date, using data coding techniques to identify recurring themes which informed the agenda for workshops and public engagement within the scope of this masterplan.
ENGAGE - conversations with park users. Based on walkabout techniques, this was a springboard into the aspirations, concerns and possibilities for the park, as seen by the day-to-day users. Semi-structured interviews were used to allow conversations to involve key issues, while evolving in an organic way allowing a flowing conversation.
DESIGN - emerging concept masterplan proposals were developed using the previous consultation and these early discussions, and in consultation with CGI and Falkirk Council. The design team undertook site walkabouts with both groups to observe the existing site conditions and use.
ENGAGE - a formal community engagement event held at the library. The draft masterplan was presented to key park stakeholders and the wider public using an illustrative plan and supported by eyelevel visualisations of key components of the emerging park design. The same information was made available on an online survey, so that as many residents and stakeholders as possible could feed into this engagement stage. The aim was to draw out end user input to the design development with feedback from this session used to inform adjustments to the design.
DESIGN - masterplan iteration based on the discussions, feedback and ideas from the local experts - the local community
ENGAGE - focused group stakeholder workshop. Findings from the library event / survey were coded to analyse patterns and priorities. Recommendations were presented back to a core stakeholder group to identify a collaborative and collective final response position on each design item.
DESIGN - this process was no longer than a typical design development, but the findings much deeper and the resulting documentation more rich, robust, and socially sustainable. A preferred masterplan design was developed, supported by a strategy for community involvement, a funding approach and strategy, and detail on how the overall vision could be implemented through a series of sub-project actions.