Sectors : Community

Client : DLA Design

Park Here was a self-initiated project by DLA Design seeking to enhance the neighbourhood in which our office is based, on St Paul’s Street, Leeds.

A collaboration with the local business community, we invited ideas from staff and neighbours around the provocation of ‘Re-imagining St Paul’s Street’.

A temporary ‘parklet’ kick-started the project in Summer 2015, transforming an ordinary parking space into a temporary inner city sanctuary, designed and built by DLA’s Landscape & Urban Design team

The intervention caught the imagination of passersby, eliciting a flurry of new ideas, including wider pavements, fewer cars, more trees and welcoming seating.

The consultation was developed into a masterplan for the street and was celebrated by a second installation in September 2016: a ‘pocket park’ utilising parking bays on the corner of St Paul’s Street and Park Square West.