Queen Elizabeth Gardens

Public realm


Salisbury City Council


Salisbury, Wiltshire

Value of Works:


This project developed out of an initial consultation with local residents regarding possible improvements to Salisbury’s key public park. Indigo developed a site-wide concept which inspired a more ambitious and comprehensive refurbishment of the park, securing additional funding from Salisbury City Council.

Set within a Conservation Area, a floodplain and adjoining an SSSI, the scheme required early consultation with many stakeholders. Key elements involved: new park entrances; a rationalised and improved path layout; designing out areas which threatened visitor security, together with a bold new planting strategy. The scheme was implemented to wide acclaim.

The value of early consultation became critical in engaging local residents who were initially resistant to change. Although the park attracts many visitors, maintaining good dialogue with local residents was important and ultimately led to overwhelming support for the improvements and an improved sense of ownership.

“Indigo developed and refined initial ideas, working with Council Officers and with a local Friends group to create a more ambitious and comprehensive refurbishment of the park – effectively translating written thoughts into a visual plan.”

Chris Stringer, Parks Manager, Salisbury City Council.

Key Inputs:

  • Masterplanning
  • Hard landscape design
  • Planting design
  • Contract administration

Key team members:

  • Salisbury City Council
  • Queen Elizabeth Gardens Friend Group
  • Adrian Stenning QS