Romsey has a new addition to the street during this summer – the Romsey Parklet!
A parklet is an extension to the footway, to provide a pleasant space for people to sit and enjoy the street. Because there is currently less traffic, the opportunity is being taken to try out this idea, to help bring people into Mill Road. We think it will be quite a positive talking point over the summer!
It can be used by anyone, just like any other street seating. It’s located near Limoncello, who will be overseeing it.
No parking spaces are being removed – this is purely an extension of public space. There should be no negative effect on traffic or trading – it’s an addition to the street. The budget for the parklet is £1,000, with local volunteers and companies giving their time and expertise. This small amount is being funded amongst the many events and activities of the Mill Road Summer, part of the £15,000 of funding for the Romsey side of the bridge from the railway company undertaking the bridge works. It is only present during the bridge closure period. Only the current parklet is planned, with no other installations elsewhere proposed.
Parklets were first invented in 2005 and have been starting to appear in London. Wikipedia has a page about parklets, giving the history of this imaginative concept.
Here are some images from Hackney (London):
Who is creating the parklet?
5th Studio are a spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. Founded in Cambridge, we now also have offices in London and Oxford from where we work on streetscape and landscape projects, new and existing buildings, urban masterplans and larger-scale spatial strategies. Our studio is on Gwydir Street and we love Mill Road.
rhp is an award-winning and well-respected architectural practice, founded in 1974. rhp operates from studios in Brighton, London and Cambridge. We have extensive experience and expertise in designing a range of building types, and are committed to delivering high quality, flexible spaces regardless of size, budget, site constraints or procurement route.
Our core values are: designing for people, sustainability, diversity, and collaboration. We are therefore delighted to be involved in local creative collaborations like Mill Road Summer.
Feilden+Mawson is an architectural practice with an established reputation in heritage projects and innovative new build across the commercial and public sectors.
Since opening our doors in Cambridge over 20 years ago we have established, maintained and built a growing network of connections and clients throughout Cambridgeshire and the Eastern Region.
We provide a creative, inspiring and viable response to our clients’ needs and aspirations, designing spaces that are enjoyable, add value and are energy efficient with low lifecycle maintenance. We believe delightful architecture develops from a sense of place, and above all, the user experience and requirements.
For 40 years, LDA Design has held good to one single purpose: to make great places where people belong. We provide landscape-led masterplanning, design and planning services and follow the principles of ‘first life, then spaces, then buildings’. Whether the project is a park, port or a new urban district, we focus on the needs of people affected. We then design spaces which create opportunities for encounter and exchange. The consultancy has received over 100 awards for contemporary and historic parkland design, urban renewal and historic town centre improvements. We believe connecting people and place through landscape creates healthier and happier places to live. We are thrilled to be able to make the most of summer on Mill Road.
Neubau is an architecture, urban design practice and research think tank operating out of Cambridge and London. We pursue work that addresses multiple end users with a high social interaction value and a clear public dimension. Our work always aims to test the established and the conventional and explore the limits of the possible. Supporting our local community is of particular importance and relevance to our ethos and we are delighted to be involved in this effort to add a meaningful new social space on Mill Road this summer.
Footprint are proud to be supporting the Mill Road project.