Greenwood Place

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  • £17 million pound Community Resource Centre in Kentish Town, Camden
  • Camden’s first ever Centre for Independent Living (CIL)
  • Completely accessible offering services and support for metal ill health, learning disabilities and profound multiple learning disabilities
  • Series of external gardens located on the terraces and rooftop, each specialising for a different user group.

The Greenwood Centre is a new community resource centre located at Greenwood Place in Kentish Town, Camden. It provides dedicated services and support for members of the community with dementia, learning disabilities, mental health and profound multiple learning disabilities.

Wynne Williams Associates were appointed by Kier London to develop the external landscape areas consisting of a ground floor garden, first and second floor terraces and a roof top community garden.

Each space was designed to accommodate a key user group who would be using the gardens. The garden on the ground floor was divided into two key areas, one for profound multiple learning disabilities, with sensory items such as a water feature, sensory wall and planting that provided colour, scent and sound. The other area was developed into a dementia garden with a simplistic layout to aid navigation and avoid any confusion to users of the space. Rubber crumb paving was laid to ensure user safety and the raised planting beds provide planting that contained a mix of sensory qualities.

The first-floor terrace was developed into a garden space for autism and mental health. Raised planting beds allow for community gardening opportunities and the garden also contains a water feature and plenty of bench seating for quiet reflection with views out over Kentish Town.

The rooftop community garden was designed for community gardening with an abundance of raised beds, some planted with sensory planting and others left for the community to begin growing their fruit and vegetables. Accessible planters have been provided within the scheme to ensure all members of the community can access and use this space. Located around the roof garden are full glazed panels that allow users to look out on the London skyline.

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