Our Design & Build at Prior Deram is Unveiled!
Ground Control’s Principal of Design, Matt Nokes, and Graduate Landscape Architect, Chris Chippendale attended the opening, joined by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, local residents and pupils from Charter Primary School and the Westwood Academy.
Since securing the redevelopment project in May 2014, GC Design has been working hard to create an outdoor space for all ages, with the inclusion of new formal and informal footpaths, new play equipment, a multi-use games area, kick about area, wildflower planting, seating, notice boards, and lighting, in addition to new drainage across the site.
The new neighbourhood park supports an Australian theme, as selected by the local residents to celebrate the area’s links with Australia: Sir Henry Parkes was born in Canley and immigrated to Australia in 1839, where he later became the Prime Minister of New South Wales.
Pupils from local school, Charter Primary School, proudly unveiled a kangaroo mosaic that they helped design to celebrate the Australian theme.
Ground Control’s Graduate Landscape Architect, Chris Chippendale, who worked on the parks design, is delighted with outcome:
“It is great to see the park open and being used for its intended purpose. As the first project I was involved in when I joined Ground Control, it has been nice to follow it from the early design stages, through its construction and now its completion. Whilst the journey to completion has encountered many challenges, I am sure everyone will agree the end result is something we can all be proud of and offers a dramatic transformation from empty field to neighbourhood park.
The opening ceremony was a great chance to gather the local residents’ thoughts on the project. Their enthusiasm for the park and its opening was fantastic, with everyone having a particular urge to try the new zip wire! Since the opening of the park, the site has become a key feature within the community, particularly for local school children on the extensive range of play equipment. We look forward to seeing the park develop further with the installation of the trees and shrubs in the autumn, and are looking forward to the start of our next public park design and build project at Kennedy Park, Slough.”