Our proposal is akin to a piece of embroidery that reveals gestures or musings emanating in five branches from the existing old oak tree. Incorporating raised lawns and two additional oak trees, the five branches begin at the base of the existing oak, move around the lawns and reach out towards crossings, building entrances, signposts, and the bus. The pattern has also been arranged to take into account the locations of the numerous service covers, and maintain the integrity of the existing drainage system.
The embroidered surface brings the space together, creates a strong visual and tactile identity in all seasons, without interrupting the busy flow of pedestrians through the site. Expressed with metal studs embedded into the existing stone paving, the pattern is able to incorporate other elements such as the raised lawns and furniture, and retain the existing York stone.