This park alongside the Foster and Partners-designed Greater London Authority on the south bank of the Thames had to reconcile the needs of many different users in a small and intensively used space. The intimate neighbourhood park facing the residential areas gradually opens up towards the river with a series of stepped terraces. It incorporates the unique perennial planting style of Piet Oudolf. Gross.Max introduced the idea of setting up a park trust which made it possible to appoint a head gardener as the financial gain from using the park for a wide variety of (commercial) events directly funds the maintenance and management of the park. This scheme demonstrates how the transition can be made seamlessly between the neighbourhood high street and a metropolitan river front.
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London Borough of Southwark, More London, The Pool of London Partnership
Parks and gardens
LI Awards 2012 - Design 1-5 hectares - Winner
The project aimed to refurbish and invigorate an existing worn out green space in a unique riverfront setting with views to some of London's most iconic monuments such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the City of London.
Artas-ua.info architect: Gross Max. | SKM Anthony Hunt. | DPA Lighting. | Piet Oudolf.
London Borough of Southwark
Granite supplier: Miller Druck International Stone Ltd.
The park has been planted with a spectacular variety of herbaceous plants and grasses. Hedges provide structure and the view of the GLA building from the park has been softened with birch trees.
Two cafes designed by DSDHA architects provide refreshments and a series of lawns suitable for various events step towards the riverside, acting as long benches for viewing the river scene. Patterns found on 17th Century pottery produced on this former potters site informs the design of the entrance gates and the concrete bench detail.
Main contractor: Skanska Mc Nicolas. | Soft landscape contractor: The Gavin Jones Group. | Metalwork contractor: Ballantine Creative Ironworks & Metalcraft Ltd.