Avanti Architects is currently engaged in multiple phases of masterplanning in New Ross, County Wexford, which includes the development of new landscape and public realm areas. One notable achievement is the completion of the High Hill Norman Park and Gardens, along with the establishment of a new food market space in the town’s historic centre.
The High Hill Norman Park and Gardens serve as a connecting pathway between the quays (Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience and Ros Tapestry) and the 13th century St Mary’s Church. The park features an “arrival plaza,” offering ample seating and space for social interaction and outdoor events. The project encompasses a hierarchy of routes that skillfully navigate the existing topography, providing visitors with a variety of pathways and spaces to explore. By terracing the landscape, the design creates public resting areas that take advantage of the picturesque views over the River Barrow. As visitors meander through the park, they can enjoy the beauty of faceted gardens adorned with diverse flowers, hedges, aromatic plants, and herbs, paying homage to the town’s Norman heritage from the early 1200s.
The opening of the garden was a momentous occasion, graced by Heather Humphreys, the Irish Minister of Justice, Social Protection, Community, and Rural Development.
Location County Wexford, Ireland