Public Realm Design – Plymouth Civic Centre

The New Great Square is a public realm design that re-develops the civic heart of Plymouth as a social gathering venue.  The now unloved Geoffrey Jellicoe post-war urban landscape is re-imagined as a vibrant 21st century space – whilst still respecting the legacy of Jellicoe’s work.  Local building materials – granite and Portland stone – reflect Plymouth’s unique style.  Planting design is approached through the concept of a sea of new perennial planting.  The square feels swathed in a blanket of movement and colour with many opportunities for public to engage with the planting.

The pools are at the heart of the garden.  At the Venue the strong geometry of the raised lawn circle makes the pool the focal point and backdrop to all events.

In the Arabesque garden the footprint of Geoffrey Jellicoe’s original arabesque planters still holds centre stage.  The new seating offers intimate bays amongst the rivers of perennials and grasses.

The Jellicoe Terrace is a place to meet friends, have lunch or spend a chilled Sunday afternoon.  The nearby circular lawn means that the children have their own spot to hang out.