This exciting raingarden was designed to enliven an un-used green space between blocks of flats providing a valuable community landscape that also delivers significant relief to the combined sewer.
As the raingarden was to be viewed from above by adjacent flats as well as enjoyed by the community at ground level we felt there was an opportunity to create a raingarden that looked visually interesting when not collecting rainwater and which also filled up in creative ways when it did rain. We presented a range of pattern options to the client and community which allowed simple monitoring of storm severity by visible markers being reached by the rising water and there being a visual pattern of filling designed around different rainfall return periods.
The rising spiral option was detailed up and ready for construction. Unfortunately an agreement with the Housing Association landowner fell through when there was a change of management and priority toward environmental improvements, so this raingarden was never built.
If you feel that you have a similar opportunity for a creative and functional community landscape within your borough and would like to see this raingarden become a reality, please do get in touch: most of the design work has been carried out and it would be relatively easy to adapt to a new host landscape and community. We would love to see this design come to life and contribute to a lucky host community!