Designed by Gustafson Porter and envisaged as part of the wider Woolwich masterplan, Royal Borough of Greenwich set out key objectives to create a fully accessible public space for all, with feature catenary lighting, soft landscaping and a water feature that could drain to accommodate events.
The design is based on the concept that Beresford Square embodies an essential quality of Woolwich, whether historic or natural, to create unique spaces particular to Woolwich. The design used pedestrian movement studies to identify key routes through the town centre, and developed these to create well lit distinctive quality public spaces that both enhance the experience of the pedestrian and respond to their needs.
A language of materials and details was developed that incorporated the best practice for seating, ramps, lighting and planting. This ensured Beresford Square can be enjoyed through the day and, thanks to the suspended luminaires of the catenary lighting system, well into the evening.
LAPD Lighting Design and Ronstan Tensile Architecture used the catenary luminaires to create a space that the public now enjoys thanks to the creative open space illumination. The catenary lighting ensures a unique ambience with a clear and useable footprint without intrusive support structures.
The response to the completed scheme has been extremely positive with numerous events being hosted since it was opened.