Aurelia, the name given to the second phase of the a £25m East London redevelopment, saw Rathbone Market modernised, bringing new, purpose-built facilities for market traders within the Thames Gateway.
This project was developed by English Cities Fund (ECF) - a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General Property and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
As part of the redevelopment, a team from Churchman Landscape Architects were tasked with providing the bulk of the 2,800m2 public realm landscape, linking phase one with phase two and the future phase three. A core consideration within the landscaping brief was to improve the connectivity between the transport interchange at Canning Town, the newly developed market square, residential developments south of the A13, and the local town centre on Barking Road.
The project brief also had additional design criteria including the retention of two mature London plane trees. These large deciduous trees required detailed specialist paving design and close cooperation with arboriculture specialists and the contractor.
To assist in meeting the brief, the design team specified Wienerberger Incana and Toledo Waterstruck clay pavers via landscaping materials supplier Hardscape.
The pavers, set in a herringbone arrangement, provide an interesting juxtaposition between the paved area and the vertical exteriors of some of the surrounding residential facilities. This is caused by the soft, yet varied, tones found within the pavers, which span soft, burnt oranges through to almost black, via various soft shades of red contrasting with the more vivid yellows and bright oranges found on the aforementioned flats.
Chris Arrowsmith, from Churchman Landscape Architects Limited, commented: “We feel that the project succeeds in feeling relatable on a human scale. The grand proportions of the open space, the blocks of the building, and the large existing trees are moderated at street level by a paving design that feels warm and tactile whilst grounding the building and anchoring the space in the everyday bustle of the market. “We’ve also been very happy with the specified pavers. The durability and flexibility of the clay product, as proven over generations in the Netherlands, was a selling point over modern concrete - with the ability to resist the chaotic street market environment. The natural palette and unusual (for this country at least) sizes available also assisted in us achieving our objectives. Tactile and characterful – we wanted to tie this large regeneration project back to the human scale at ground level.”
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