Acton Town Square is one of the Mayor of London’s 100 Public Spaces. The project is about renewing Acton Town Square as a functioning public space, able to provide capacity for market and performance events. To retain an uncluttered feel, trees, walls, bollards and planters are kept to a minimum. Seating is created using the same material as the ground. The sloping ground is clad using large triangular granite planes as a large roof on the hill.
A façade of shops on the southern side of the Uxbridge Road forms a third major elevation to the square. Four large oak trees, brought from Germany, are located to provide a green backdrop and enhance perception of the green churchyard space as part of the square. New lights are fixed to existing buildings, and a row of Cherry and Ginko trees link the square to the surrounding streets.
A special aspect to this project is a phasing strategy that has included an early phase of enabling works to make the space useable for markets (with specially designed Acton market stalls) by removing one of the major planters and some of the trees, to help test the space in its more open form, and establish confidence in its enhanced role as town square.
The project won the RTPI London Planning Award 2006 for Best Community and Partnership Initiative.
Client: London Borough of Ealing
Project status: Completed 2007