London, United Kingdom | 2014-2017 | On site
Rathbone Square is a mixed-use development comprising high-quality office and residential space, retail, and new crosssite pedestrian routes within a new public square. The 2.3-acre site, previously occupied by Royal Mail’s West End Delivery Office, is part of a mixed-use development by Great Portland Estates and is one of the largest to be developed in the West End in recent years. It will play a major role in enhancing this part of central London.
Our landscape design creates a contemporary, accessible square with shops, cafés, outdoor terraces and a central garden which will be enjoyed by both residents and the general public. It provides safe access for all, enhances the public space in Westminster, improves connectivity to adjoining areas and contributes to the architectural and social history of the area. The design of the garden is defined by bold geometric forms which will be visible from balconies, terraces and windows overlooking the garden, which is typified by lawn areas, trees, native planting, raised beds with flowering trees, water features and public seating.
In developing the design and exploring appropriate concepts for the site, we have aimed to preserve the special character of the surrounding streets, mews and passageways, and to enhance a sense of discovery of the garden
space. The continuous street edge is reinforced by the building façades while the three principal entries into the garden invite people into the site with glimpses of trees and water, suggesting a welcoming publicly accessible