In July, Potter Raper, councillors, and partners joined Braintree Council chairman, Andrew Hensman, as he cut the ribbon in the opening ceremony of the garden and plaza situated behind the Town Hall in Braintree.
The new garden and plaza, designed to be “friendlier” to people living with dementia, includes plants which are textured and scented to stimulate the senses, and species which should be familiar to older generations. The design complements the character of the Grade II* listed Town Hall.
This garden and plaza forms part of the wider Manor Street/Victoria Square Regeneration which involved the demolition of a toilet block and adjacent vacant building and levelling the existing car park. The completed scheme includes the construction of 35 mixed tenure residential units, an NHS ‘Livewell’ Hub, 70-bed Travelodge Hotel, pharmacy, cafe, retail unit, public toilets, bus station, two-level car park, and cycle parking spaces.
Potter Raper are proud to have been a part of this £30m development, acting as the Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyor, Principal Designer, and Site Inspector, from the early design/planning stage through to the completion of the construction works.