Working alongside our client Prologis, our brief on May 19th was to transform the existing Uplands Allotments on Oxhill Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, into a more aesthetically pleasing outdoor community space.
As well as growing their own produce at Uplands, allotment holders and visitors are able to purchase that produce grown on site alongside various other horticultural supplies and sundries. With this in mind, work needed to be done to make the site more appealing and inviting – a pleasant hub for members of the community to meet up with each other and exchange ideas.
An overall area of 1500m² needed attention and works began with the strimming and spraying of the overgrown area, followed by soil regrading and levelling. Gravel was installed and the path edged using 370m of timber edging board.
A circular timber sleeper feature installed in the centre of the plot involved setting 43 sleepers on end with concrete and attaching timber strapping to the internal wall of the feature for reinforcement. Three benches were fixed around the centrepiece to facilitate social interaction.
Installation of a finger post and a bowed walkway pergola were followed by an arbour set in wildflowers, allowing a seated view of the whole communal area. Post and rail fencing to border the allotment and fencing to screen the communal area from the existing sheds were next on the list.
Finally, 600 shrubs of various species were planted alongside the laying of 300m² of turf to complete the scheme.
Uplands Allotments, Handsworth
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