The Terrace pocket park
The site of The Terrace was formerly a patch of overgrown and under-used land, prone to litter and unattractively defended from vehicle incursion. This presented an opportunity to make better use of the space as a place for staff to relax or have a meeting, and to help enhance the appearance and first impressions of Manor Royal at this notable entry point (Gateway 2).
£101,000 (Manor Royal BID)
£37,125 (Crawley Borough Council - Section 106)
£101,000 - Total Costs
Conceived and delivered by the Manor Royal BID, the project has been funded via BID Levy funds, a section 106 contribution from Crawley Borough Council and sponsorship from B&CE, The People's Pension, whose offices are located adjacent to the site.
Designed to provide outdoor space for those who work nearby, The Terrace is now an ideal place for alfresco meetings, relaxing lunchtime breaks or simply a breath of fresh air. The area provides seating, public art, a new planting scheme and even an outdoor table tennis table for local employees to enjoy - a peaceful outdoor ‘pocket park' located at the end of Manor Royal road at the junction with London Road. The Terrace was officially opened on 28 April 2017.
"In recent months, we have seen several new and exciting high density developments taking shape on Manor Royal. We wanted to complement these by creating a new area of outdoor space. It is fitting that work on site here began on 9 January 2017, the 70th anniversary of Crawley becoming a new town"
Keith Pordum, Vice-Chair of the Manor Royal BID
"We are always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on our local community, so we are delighted to support the Manor Royal BID with this new and innovative project. It's provided us with a great opportunity to improve the natural environment around us, and to give something back to our employees and those that work around here. With the summer months fast approaching, I'm looking forward to seeing people making the most of this new outdoor space."
Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Officer of B&CE, The People's Pension
"We are delighted to have supported the Manor Royal BID to create this wonderful space that will enhance the well-being and enjoyment of people working in the Manor Royal Business District."
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council