The completed, permanent scheme will be characterised by nature and greening. A new grove of trees, groundcover, and climbing plants will establish a calm, pleasant location. The space will feature a canopy structure, generous public seating and a bespoke multi-tiered play unit. Suds (sustainable urban drainage system) is to be utilised in the scheme. This is a method of absorbing rainwater run-off into the planted areas in a more natural way. Nature in the form of bird and bat habitat will encourage biodiversity and nature into the heart of the town.
Frank Curran, Chief Executive, dlr said:
The design for Myrtle Square and Convent Lane has been shaped by the concept of nature led solutions. The use of trees and planting to create the space will have several benefits. Rainwater will be attenuated and filtered through the planted areas helping to control any future extreme weather conditions. The generous greening, including 66 trees, will contribute clean air to the town centre. CO2 and particulates will be captured by the extensive foliage. The greening will support local bird and insect populations. Bringing the public, particularly children, into closer contact with the natural world is an important aspect of the project."