The community park landscape design for Twinbrook required a ‘Planning For Real’ exercise to be organised with the local community to initiate the regeneration of an area of high deprivation. 

The event considered the issues of access, safety, compatibility of various activities, as well as the aspirations of the local neighbourhood. The event brought together residents, community leaders, and local councillors. Major concerns raised by residents included joy-riding, vehicles being abandoned and set on fire, drug abuse and intimidation, sense of fear, vandalism and abandonment.

The outcome of the event was the production of a ‘Master plan for Change’ which included new sports facilities, running track, sports pitches and play areas. The perimeter was to be landscaped using tree planting and sculpted mounds to prevent joy riding. Community wardens were to be employed and CCTV incorporated at key locations to provide enhanced security.

A new youth centre with gymnasium, boxing academy and cafe were considered, together with associated car parking. Natural turf sports pitches were to be set out for traditional Irish games such as gaelic football, hurling, and camogie, as well as football and rugby union. An existing culverted stream was to be opened up to introduce wildlife into the area and offer an attractive route for dog walkers.

Description Community Park Landscape

Stages Sketch proposals

Period 2005

Client Twinbrook Community

Team Lead Creating Place

Value Circa £900k