Hertsmere Community Spaces
Superblue are currently working with the community of Hertsmere to create exciting new outdoor meeting spaces and natural play environments
Following community consultation carried out with young people in summer 2007, which led to a successful application to the Big Lottery Play Fund, Hertsmere Borough Council appointed Green Heart Partnership to facilitate the design and build of three site specific meeting spaces for the whole community to make use of and enjoy. This represents another milestone towards the successful delivery of this project by January 2010. Read more about Green Hearts Partnership at www.greenheartpartnership.org/
Three innovative, eye-catching, sculptural structures will provide appropriate shelter and seating at three separate open spaces: Phillimore Recreation Ground in Radlett, Furzefield in Potters Bar, and Moatfields in Bushey.
Moatfields in Bushey
Furzefield in Potters Bar
Phillimore Recreation Ground in Radlett
Superblue will be working with Green Heart Partnership and the team of officers from the Parks and Amenities and Community Services teams at Hertsmere Borough Council, the Police and other stakeholders to develop the structures. Building upon the consultation already carried out, Superblue artists Annick Collins and Robert Frith will be talking to local people about their vision for the structures, in order to finalise designs. They will be talking to people of all ages including open space users, sports groups, neighbourhood residents, local schools and community groups. A number of exciting creative events and workshops will be held at the three sites over the summer. These events will be publicized in and around the sites and through the local press and we hope as many people will get involved as possible. Superblue have produced an identity for the project including website and print material. People are invited to have there say and catch up with the project through the website at www.hertsmerecommunityspaces.org
Drawing on the community’s input, Superblue, with the project team will develop and share detailed designs. The three new shelters will then be constructed and installed on the sites by January 2010. It is planned that the completion of the shelters will be celebrated by a public event in Spring 2010 to which all contributors and local residents will be invited.
Phillimore Recreation Ground Community Day in Radlett, 06/2009
Councillor Brenda Batten, Portfolio Holder for leisure, culture and health, said: "The vision is to create a small sheltered meeting space for the whole community to make use of and enjoy. The event at Phillimore Recreation Ground was a real success with lots of local people getting involved. The temporary structures are a great way for residents to start thinking about what kind of shelter they want and we had some great feedback. Young people especially seemed to enjoy writing and drawing on them."
Councillor Caroline Clapper said of the event at Radlett, "I was very pleased to see that consultation was taking place, to discover what the people in the area want, where they want it and what they need from it before any structure is erected. There seemed to be lots of input from many parishioners and I hope that the outcome of this consultation will be a shelter of beneficial community use to all residents."
The project is supported by: