Millennium Town Park, St Helier
The site of the Town Park is situated in a built up residential area to the north of St. Helier town centre, which has the highest residential density within St. Helier and suffered from a lack of open space for the local community. It is a former gas works site which was used as a car park for many years. Burns + Nice, in conjunction with Parsons Brinckerhoff, were commissioned by the States of Jersey to carry out the remediation works and design a high quality public park that integrates with the surrounding area.
The transformation of this car park and contaminated former gas works into a park with trees and lawns has created a place for recreation and enjoyment and has also acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.
The fundamental design principles of the new park were to retain and extend all the important connecting routes, focusing on improving the pedestrian experience within and around the park.
The total area of the site is 1.3 hectares and the park includes: active and passive recreational areas, a biodiverse planting scheme, water features and play areas.
The park predominantly consists of soft landscape with over 100 new semi-mature trees and sinuous planting beds that contrast with the strong geometry of the overall design. Carefully chosen plant species provide seasonal interest and create a valuable local habitat.