More Project, London
The More London Project is one of Foster + Partners’ flagship projects in the British capital. A key characteristic of London’s prominent new public space is the impressive 3 hectare plaza and streetscape made up of flame-textured Carlow Blue limestone paving.
In an innovative use of the material, the 30,000m2 of flame textured Carlow Blue paving was supplied in random length strips which were laid in a uni-directional pattern which gives the striking impression of sweeping through the landscape. In addition to the paving works a dramatic, sunken limestone amphitheatre, known as The Scoop was created adjacent to City Hall. The arena seats 800 and is host to high profile public events, theatre productions and concerts. Expertly crafted seating, cladding and balustrading adorns the development, along with a unifying Carlow Blue limestone water feature which lures pedestrians through the urban landscape.
The project team, which included Townshend Landscape Architects and Westminster City Council, received the ‘Best Built Project’ award at the London Planning Awards 2008. Adjudication was based on for factors including quality of work, sympathy of scale to surroundings and the innovative use of stone.
Client: Westminster City Council
Landscape Architects: Townshends, London