Liverpool, United Kingdom
City population: 1060068
Duration: 2004 – 2008
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: 20000 m2
Type of area: Public Greenspace Area, Central Business District / City Centre
Last updated: October 2021

The project primarily aimed to replace the largely underused 2-hectare public green space, Chavasse Park by creating a new public park that forms the centrepiece of the Liverpool One development. The park, designed under the collaboration of BDP and Architect Pelli Clarke Pelli, was envisioned to become a green oasis within the city centre, with the ability to accommodate a lively programme of outdoor events (Reference 1). It comprises a ‘Grand Lawn’, richly planted terraced and walled gardens, sites for beautiful pavilion buildings, sheltered seating, trees, planting and multifunctional paving areas (Reference 2). Chavasse Park was awarded Green Flag status and is home to a nature trail and a unique species - Speckled Bush Cricket. The Park is home to more than 150 species of insects, birds and animals (Reference 4)

Chavasse Park, Liverpool One
Source: https://my.landscapeinstitute.org/case-study/chavasse-park%2c-liverpool-one/aa136c22-d37b-e911-a99b-00224801ab04

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Nature on buildings
  • Green roofs
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Promotion of naturalistic urban landscape design
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation

Focus

Creation of new green areas

Project objectives

The goal is to create a green oasis in contrast with the hardscape of the city centre, with the ability to accommodate a range of changing outdoor seasonal events. The creation of a major new public park was to be done by replacing the underused left-over 20,000m2 public green space known as Chavasse Park, and was extensively altered as part of the Paradise Project redevelopment scheme (now called Liverpool ONE). (ref 1)

Implementation activities

- In response to set requirements the main amenities of the park comprise a ‘Grand Lawn’, richly planted terraced and walled gardens, sheltered seating, semi-mature coniferous and deciduous ornamental tree planting and multi-functional paving areas. (ref1) -Within the park's construction, both irrigation and drainage efficiency has been maximised through the use of uniform engineered topsoil. Covering the soft areas at a mean depth of 0.5m with tree pits of 1.5m, this incorporates a high proportion of recycled material, providing evidence of the project's green commitment (Reference 1).

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Means for conservation governance
  • Manage biological resources for conservation and sustainable use
  • Raise public awareness

Main beneficiaries

  • Private sector/Corporate/Company
  • Citizens or community groups

Governance

Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Private sector/corporate actor/company

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

BDP architects won a limited competition with developers Grosvenor/Henderson to redevelop 17 hectares area and acted as master planner for the project. (ref 1) the project forms part of Liverpool ONE's mission to be industry leaders in reducing its carbon footprint. (ref 4) The park itself was altered as part of the Paradise Project redevelopment scheme (now known as Liverpool One) (ref 5)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? No
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown

Financing

Total cost

Unknown

Source(s) of funding

  • Corporate investment

Type of funding

  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Promotion of naturalistic styles of landscape design for urban development
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Increased number of species present

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Education
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records

References