Milligan Knight Architects
Hertfordshire based RIBA Chartered Practice
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Castle Park

Milligan Knight Architects won a competition to design a new community building and bridge for Bishop’s Stortford’s historic Castle Park. The project had to sensitively respond to the castle context while providing improved community facilities to a budget. The project is led by East Herts Council, in collaboration with Bishop’s Stortford Town Council.

Regeneration of Existing Facilities

Regeneration of Existing Facilities

The strategy employed for the new community facilities was to re-use the existing buildings where feasible, while making them a coherent whole through key architectural moves. These included over-cladding the existing buildings in timber to give them a unified appearance, a new public plaza and a new colonnade structure, which ties the buildings together.

A 'Place' and a Crossing

A 'Place' and a Crossing

The design concept for the river crossing was to provide a generous deck that could accommodate activities, such as live music or a small market, as well as simply being a crossing to bring the two halves of the park together.

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