Community – Page 2 – Roundfield


Green Man, Phoenix Community Headquarters

We were asked to put together a concept package for the public square and surrounding landscape associated with Phoenix Community Housing Associations new community headquarters. The building has been designed by Black Architecture to high environmental standards and will feature a community hub and cafe on the ground floor with office space above. The site itself used to be home to the Green Man pub and we were asked to pay particular attention to preserving the spirit of place in what has always been a landmark site within the local community. One of our proposals that was well received was that of framing the public square with two green oak pergola structures that echo the historic use of the site as a hop garden (as well as a pub!). We also proposed that the square could feature a willow sculpture that would be renewed every year providing opportunity for community...

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Queen Mary University Community Food Garden

Here is the initial concept plan that we’ve produced for Queen Mary University’s Mile End Campus community food garden project. The triangular site is ideally situated next to a halls of residence block. We decided that the large south westerly facing wall that dominates the site provides an ideal opportunity to grow many kinds of fruit and herbs. In order to maintain some privacy for ground floor residences, miniature courtyards are proposed in line with each window. These are contained by raised beds and a planted strip for herbs, soft fruit and bush fruit. Espaliered fruit trees line all the available walls and a grid of raised beds provide easily accessible veg plots. To offer growers some respite from the weather we have proposed a roundwood timber shelter with a biodiverse roof and a bespoke greenhouse of simple construction. There is an opportunity to harvest water is from all of the structures...

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Church community garden

This is a concept idea for an overgrown space in the grounds behind Portway Methodist Church in Frome, which is currently attracting vandalism and fly tipping. Subject to obtaining approvals and the necessary funding, this sloping garden will be transformed into a highly productive space that will include raised beds, a communal area with forest garden planting, an edible hedge, a shed with a seedling area and rainwater harvesting, and a trellis/pergola structure that will support an array of climbers such as hops and hardy kiwis. Access will be improved and the garden will be a resource for the local community to grow their own food and meet other people in their area. The idea is that as much as possible of the garden will be built by local volunteers, helping to reduce costs and strengthen community spirit....

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Station Farm

This is the ‘meanwhile’ scheme that we submitted for the recent RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition, which featured in the London exhibition at Somerset House. The design is a vision of what the land could be used for during the next 5 to 10 years whilst the site is being prepared for phased construction. Proposals are two fold: provide a community urban farm and revitalise the existing theatre by creating an events space at the southern end of the farm forming a dialogue with the train station. The idea being that if you are waiting for a train and you have time to spare you can spend some time shopping for local produce, wander through the farm or rest on the terraced ramp and watch whatever is happening in the events space. Additionally, if you are just arriving into Croydon for the first time the space acts as a welcome mat, whilst...

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University of Greenwich: Edible Garden

Roundfield were invited to design and implement the first two phases of an exciting community garden project at the Avery Hill Campus of the University of Greenwich. The first phase is to include extensive allotment style planting beds, a community composting area, a covered seating area, a coppice shelterbelt, and the initial structure planting for the forest garden. Phase 2 will then involve the planting of the rest of the forest garden along with the creation of a large wildlife pond....

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Spitalfields City Farm

Roundfield were appointed by Spitalfields City Farm in July 2012 to design a new community garden on a corner of the farm that was recently handed back by Network Rail following the construction of the East London Line. The brief put food growing at its heart, and included a challenging list of other requirements such as integrating animal grazing, encouraging wildlife, providing shelter and seating, a forest garden, water harvesting and incorporating a totem sculpture for outdoor events. And of course a spiral… The design features a traditional intensive food growing area to the south, which includes raised beds and an experimental ‘mini-field’ area. This is contrasted with a more perennial based system in the proposed forest garden to the north. This creates a south to north transition from high to low maintenance food production. The two areas are separated by a planted swale, and linked via a sheltered boardwalk which...

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