The restoration of The Level in Brighton has been highly commended at the Landscape Institute Awards.
The commendation was made to 'Land Use Consultants' (LUC), the lead landscape architects for the project, which was carried out on behalf of B&H City Council. LUC helped to develop the master plan for The Level and managed the works programme.
Transformation of the popular city centre park, after considerable local opposition, was completed in 2013. The restoration included a new children’s playground, skate park, sensory garden, tables for board games and ping pong, a pétanque terrain, 'dancing' fountains, and extensive new planting and landscaping.
The restoration of The Level won a Civic Trust Award last year and a BALI National Landscape award earlier this year.
The 19thC cottages in Ann Street were replaced in the 1970s by a new building for the St. Bartholomew's C of E Primary School. The school is set further back from the pavement that the housing it replaced. The choice of bricks is unfortunate. A rendered finish would have looked better against the side of the church.
The original school building, in Providence Place behind the church, was built in 1874 and demolished in 1975.