In this section, there are a series of image sheets focused around a particular element in the scheme. These images are to give an idea of what the scheme could look like when built. These are initial proposals and will be subject to detailed Planning review at the next stage.
This sheet below shows images of existing and precedent hard landscape materials for the project.
The bottom right hand corner image shows relaid historic cobbles providing an idea of what may be possible with the Dennerhills in Market Square. Elsewhere new natural stone finishes are proposed as flags and setts, and brick is also proposed for the central garden area at Kingsbury.
The sheet below shows images of the type of gardens and planting proposed for the project, mostly in Kingsbury, but also at the south end of Market Square.
Wherever possible these new planting features will be raingardens, which are a type of garden that uses surface water run-off for irrigation as part of a SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system) strategy. These help to reduce local flood risk. Elsewhere, low maintenance perennial gardens are proposed. A high performance lawn is proposed for Kingsbury, where sensory gardens will also be included.
Increased green infrastructure in our town centres is essential for the ecological services they deliver and improved health and wellbeing that it supports. Green heals and soothes the senses. Pollinators like bees rely upon valuable nectar sources in urban spaces.
The sheet below shows some of the street trees under consideration for the project. Most of these would be upright columnar species specially selected for their locations, providing seasonal interest, and supporting biodiversity as much as possible.
There are a lot of services in the ground throughout Kingsbury and Market Square. Where trees cannot be planted directly into the ground, the proposals include consideration of trees in planters instead.
Trees in the public realm have extensive and significant benefits, providing shade and shelter, reducing urban heat island effect, absorbing airborne pollutants, and improving air quality, for a better local microclimate.
The sheet below shows examples of types of seating that may be suitable for Kingsbury and Market Square. These include bespoke integrated seating benches with backs and armrests beside gardens, special seating around trees, informal seating that may be part of a 'playable' feature, and off-the-shelf informally grouped chair and bench seating.
One of the important aspirations of the project is to provide sufficient public realm space for outdoor uses to be accommodated flexibly, for example in accordance with social distancing guidelines as shown in the image at the bottom left hand side.
As well as the surface materials, trees, planting, and street furniture, we also have ideas for including elements that help to tell some of the stories of Aylesbury's history and culture.
The diagram below shows a zoomed out plan of the town centre area between St. Mary's Church at the heart of the Old Town and the Waterside Theatre beside the canal. The space between these buildings describes a heritage and cultural spine connecting key listed buildings and other landmark buildings through the Conservation Area.
The route along the east side of Market Square and west side of Kingsbury, between the Corn Exchange and Pebble Lane respectively, represents a great opportunity to celebrate Aylesbury's rich heritage through interpretation interventions across the new public realm.
Following on from the diagram above, the sheet below shows examples of place-specific, crafted and distinctive interpretation and signage. Aylesbury has a very rich history which you have told us through the engagement you would like to see better represented in the public realm.
There are lots of opportunities across Kingsbury and Market Square to tell some of these stories about the town's heritage: on walls, integrated with street furniture, and as part of bespoke features, such as the historic town centre relief model shown at the top right hand corner - for example, this could be a model of medieval Aylesbury. Buckinghamshire point lace could also provide inspiration for incorporating pattern and texture. 3-dimensional tactile interpretation would be legible for blind and partially-sighted people. We would like to ensure that all interpretation is as accessible as possible.
The next sheet shows some proposals for celebrating Aylesbury's heritage further with sensitive lighting to enhance key buildings, monuments, and statues around the spaces. This would make these features, such as the Corn Exchange and the War Memorial, more prominent as focal points in the public realm, contributing to an overall improved ambience.
The next and final section gives an overview of the next key steps in the project and invites you to take the Feedback Survey. Find out more in Section 5.