An exciting partnership between HOLT's Proud Places programme, housing developers Berkeley Homes and landscape architects Farrer Huxley is yielding inspiring results. Young people from City of Westminster College have been working on ideas for what should become of a 50-metre-long concrete relief which decorates the southern side of Paddington Green Police Station. Dating from the late 1960s, the panels were designed by J Innes Elliott, the Metropolitan Police architect.
Over the next year Proud Places is taking part in a series of workshops which will see the 16-17 year olds take part in real world practical exercises, working with designers to have a significant influence on the permanent landscape of their local area. The concrete reliefs will be adapted and re-used in the new housing development.
“I’d like to add some poetry or motivational quotes in different languages to the back of the panels as Edgware Road is a very diverse area”
– First year T level student, Art & Design
“We want the panels to be re-used in three different elements, earth, water and plants”
– Diego, T level student, Civil Engineering
“The panels remind me of ancient history, hieroglyphics and abstract art”
– Kai, T level student, Civil Engineering
So far, 45 students from City of Westminster College have participated in public realm and landscape design workshops with Berkeley Homes and Farrer Huxley, created their own designs and pitched their first presentations.
"These streets have been my route to work for the past 20 years and they get ever grimmer. It's been largely a wasteland - neglected spaces filled with rubbish. This is such an exciting project and will really lift the area."
– Louise Reynolds, T level Lead, Curriculum Manager, City of Westminster College
In 2024, the students will be working with a professional sculptor on their proposals, developing their designs with Berkeley Homes and exhibiting their work on the project in an exhibition next summer with a view to a permanent installation by the end of the year. They will research the original panel materials, visit other relevant sites in London and also take part in Proud Prospects workshops with Berkeley Homes.