TOWNSHEND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

BISHOPS SQUARE

Bishops Square is part of a wider regeneration programme for Spitalfields comprising of 1.6 hectares of public open space that includes two new squares and restored historic streets, pedestrian routes and Spitalfields Market. The aim was to create a place that met the aspirations of the local residential and business communities whilst allowing the market and retail to develop as a city wide destination.
The design of the public realm responded to its context by opening up views towards Hawksmoors Christchurch and providing legible routes through the site and covered market area.
At the heart of the proposals a major new public space, larger than the piazza at Covent Garden, accommodates an informal outdoor performance area for vibrant public events. The square has an ongoing programme of temporary art installations, that adds additional visual and cultural interest to the site. Areas of lush green planting with semi-mature trees are integrated with seating and a large reflecting water lily pool, providing areas for contemplation and relaxation.

Bishops Square has been awarded the 'Best Built Project contributing to London's Future', in the 2005 London Planning Awards and 'Best New Public Space', in the 2007 London Planning Awards.
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