Truro Langarth Park and Ride
Langarth Park and Ride, Truro
A park for cars and people
CEC was commissioned in June 2006 to lead the conceptual and detail design including masterplanning for Langarth Park & Ride, Truro, in liaison with the Highway Design Group of Cornwall County Council. The scheme design and implementation for this 1200 spaces parking facility followed a very tight timescale (successfully opened in August 2008) – planning permission was achieved less than a year after commencement of conceptual design. This could only be achieved through extraordinary dedication of the whole team and close co-operation between all designers in combination with a landscape lead approach to the overall design of the facility in this sensitive edge of town location on greenfield land.
The vision statement for the Park & Ride is to create a best example of a park and ride design that demonstrates commitment to
- Respecting the environment and quality of the Cornish landscape
- Designing a community integrated park and ride facility
- Providing for the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and disabled people
- Integrating form and function and providing a modern design approach that can inspire future projects in the Southwest and beyond.
The landscape design respects and reflects the quality of the Cornish landscape by choice of materials and planting. Sustainability is at the heart of the scheme. Great care has been taken to retain and protect existing wildlife on site wherever possible including the trees and Cornish hedges as well as protected species such as bats and badgers. The scheme is expected to achieve a true biodiversity gain in line with PPS9 from year five onwards. When the tree and buffer planting matures, the site will look like a parkland. In the long-term, should the car park not be needed anymore, the foundation will have been laid with the layout and design to create a splendid urban park with mature trees and meadow areas in the transitional area between the urban edge and the open landscape.
Facts and figures
- Site area (most of which was agricultural arable land) – 10.97ha
- New native woodland and shrub buffer planting – 1.13ha
- New meadow areas – 2.26ha
- New ornamental planting areas including car park strips and parks – 0.85ha
- Number of new specimen trees – 360 no
- Number of new feathered trees in buffer areas – 1,600 no
- Number of new native transplant shrubs in buffer areas and Cornish hedges – 11,700 no
- Number of new ornamental shrubs, many of which have wildlife benefits through flowers and berries – 28,200 no
- Total number of new plants on site including herbaceous plants and climbers – 65,000 no