Enhancing a vital amenity
We are leading the architectural team for the five sites at the eastern end of the project. King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore is one of the sites, where an existing combined sewer overflow is intercepted. The starting point for the design is the arrangement of massive below-ground structures necessary to meet the project technical requirements, but the site is also at the sensitive river edge of a hugely important green space in East London, a vital resource and amenity for multiple communities.
At the same time as extending the existing park, our design provides a series of new and complimentary experiences and ways of using it that enhance the park and encourage visitors to reconnect with the river. The design comprises two complimentary concepts, a central ‘square’ and a rich river edge, threaded together and back to the park by routes and views.
Bringing the river to the park
Lowered terraces strung together along the river edge descend towards the water. The lowest is inundated by the highest tides, creating a rich and engaging relationship with the river. The design captures the character, interest and peculiarities of the river foreshore environment through landscaping elements, planting and materials.
The soft landscaping design defines a journey from parkland to river, with increasingly wetland planting. This creates multiple habitats that expand on the biodiversity objectives of the park and its role as a local educational resource.
Permanent project infrastructure and requirements of operations, access and maintenance are carefully incorporated for minimal impact. The design is a catalyst for and embedded within a wider masterplan for the park, developed through close consultation with local residents and the local authority.