Goose Green Festival Celebration

It was a pleasure for Planit-IE to join local traders and residents for a summer festival to celebrate Goose Green’s transformation.

Atrincham Forward teamed up with local businesses to feature live music from the Green Room, with children’s artwork and activities by Open Studios, alongside alfresco dining, street food and some decent beer. Throughout the day several thousand people were attracted to the festival; which, judging by the atmosphere is bound to become an annual event.

Street cafés and bars have been spilling out across the square throughout the summer; long before the works were complete. The festival drew far greater numbers though, showing the square’s ability to host local events and encourage community gatherings. Bistro tables were joined by straw bale seats, and the Planit-designed flock of geese landed just in time for the event.

This project is particularly close to our hearts as the next step in Altrincham’s rebirth, and the first phase of the ongoing public realm enhancement works. As a local Consultant, Goose Green is right on our doorstep and is highly valued as a gem within the historic market town. We call in to Goose Green with Clients for a drink, order bacon butties from Café Cleo on a Friday, and revere Francs as a local institution for its delicious French cuisine.

The sculptural geese cluster within the centre of the square, which has been lightened by the honey-coloured tones of granite paving, that will extend across the town centre. The enhanced square is now a sought-after urban niche, attracting renewed use to support the surroundings businesses, as well as the wider town.

Planit designed the public realm in close collaboration with co-consultant and partner Civic Engineers. J. Cooney Ltd constructed the works, using specialist Portuguese pavers to install crafted segmental arches across the floorscape. Stonework was supplied by Hardscape, whilst the appropriately named Goosefoot manufactured the bespoke furniture and grilles for trees supplied by Specimen Trees.

Webbed feet have left their imprints.