The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment have published a guide for community groups that are working to improve public spaces. The idea behind he document seems to be to help groups think about what they can do and how to go about getting as much of that as they can.
Flicking through it looks comprehensive and very useful.
You won’t be surprised to learn that Lewisham has a case study in the document which describes some of the work put into making Manor House Gardens the park it is today:
A dedicated group emerged from the first meeting held by the council. It was greatly helped by John Hopkins, a local resident and well-respected landscape architect, who acted as a design advocate. As a result the group realised it needed a costed masterplan, based on historical research and contemporary user needs, to form the basis for funding applications. The council paid for development of the design and appointed an officer to act as project manager. Out of six consultants invited to submit tenders, council officers and members of the user group chose Land Use Consultants. Their decision was based on the quality of the bids plus the value they offered.
CABE do however, manage to get the council’s web address wrong in the document.
Ah well, can’t have everything.