Icknield Square, Birmingham  


The Landscape Design Team worked alongside Places for People and Glenn Howells on the planning application for a canal side community at Icknield Square in Birmingham, providing 234 one, two and three bed units to rent in the area, which has recently been submitted.

Currently a derelict plot, Icknield Square aims to create a built-to-let community, within a modern, green, and sustainable environment at the water’s edge.

Both the architecture and landscape design take cues from the surrounding remains of Ladywood’s industrial heritage. Architecture takes inspiration from the neighbouring Biddle & Webb auction house and the industrial structures that were once found upon this site, while landscape materials are inspired by the site’s industrial heritage and the connecting canal tow path, providing sustainable links into the heart of the city.

The scheme features an area of public open space, featuring space for an on-site café or coffee shop. Stepped access and seating take the user down the canal level, providing a calm space by the waters edge. Ramped access from the canal tow path improvise access for all users and strengthens the sites sustainable transport links to the wider city of Birmingham.

The design of the landscape within the private and semi-private courtyards is based on providing a range of spaces for residents to enjoy. While the central courtyard will be focused around a large, central lawn space, for group gatherings and informal activities, the western courtyard will be designed with the use of smaller spaces in mind, places where users can work outdoors, find a comfortable spot, and read a book or simply sit and enjoy the environment. These courtyards will be linked by a linear route, taking residents from the street and public open space, through semi-private and private courtyards.