Project name: Sheffield Parks
Client: Sheffield City Council
Engineer: Stockley, Sheffield City Council, Arup
QS: Sheffield City Council
Landscape Projects worked with Sheffield City Council on proposals for Longley Park, Wolfe Road Park, Longley Four Greens, Mountpleasant Park and Parsons Cross Park.
Longley Four Greens
Landscape Projects were appointed by Sheffield City Council to design and implement a masterplan for Longley Four Greens – a neglected public garden space surrounded by housing. The project, one of the largest of the “Doorstep Greens” initiatives of the Countryside Agency, aimed to make a focal point for the community.
The project involved working closely with Longley Organised Community Association Ltd (LOCAL) in conjunction with SOAR (Southey & Owlerton Area Regeneration). Several consultation workshops were held with local residents to explore the best use of the spaces and ensure that they would be appreciated, used and cared for.
The resulting masterplan provided new play area, community garden, sport space and sensory garden.
Longley Park grew out of three farmsteads, swallowed up by the inter-war expansion of suburban Sheffield. The Park never had a comprehensive plan to make a unified park which would unite the various “left-over” landscapes, and had been poorly managed, leading to localised flooding, overgrowth and limited accessibility.
Landscape Projects were commissioned by Sheffield city Council in 2001 to masterplan, design and implement the regeneration of existing 20 hectare public park to provide new play facilities, meeting spaces, car park, garden and woodland planting.
The challenge at Longley Park was to retain the unique, well-loved slopes and hilltops, improve the drainage, while interweaving new park access routes and circuit walks. Around this was planned new plantations, and improved play and recreational facilities.
The park today is on a firm footing for another 50 years of positive growth.