Public Realm Masterplan, Basildon
A New Town established in the 1960s, the centre of Basildon has laid mostly untouched since its construction. ReardonSmith Landscape are appointed independently to BTCM (Basildon Town Centre Management) and are creating a series of vibrant new destination and retail spaces extending from the transport nodes of the train and bus stations through to East Square which will become the focus for community events.
The square will offer much needed seating, resting, meeting and play opportunities as well as providing an arena and event space for activities such as an outdoor cinema, ice rink and performances. Extending through the town centre and unifying the different spaces, the proposed ‘Basildon Boxes’ will see a range of innovative furniture elements installed which vary in size and function but are consistent in materiality and appearance. Sketch drawn by Ian Wale. Image courtesy of Make Architects.