This project was won through competition in 2013, and reimagines the principle civic space in Ipswich – the Cornhill. Our competition scheme proposed a strong figure within the space – an embedded form with inferred depth and presence beyond its surface, recognising the phenomenon of the Cornhill as a space that pre–dates its current definition. The project is conceived as a collection of extruded blocks of pale green granite – some establishing a new level surface; others following the existing gradient. This intervention creates a focus to the space, and supports a renewal of public engagement at the heart of the town. Crucially, the level surfaces redefine the Cornhill as a more static space, inviting less transient patterns of occupation.
Four archways are proposed in the north–west corner of the site. These establish a dialogue with the four existing sculptures atop the Town Hall and Post Office, whilst offering a democratic response to the figures. Just like the Cornhill itself, these four elements are arranged informally, as though in conversation, recalling the town’s four medieval gateways.