The recently-announced shortlist for the 2016/17 London Planning Awards includes an important new open space in Deptford.
The Surrey Canal Linear Park lies on part of the route of the former Surrey Canal. The Landscape Partnership (TLP), who worked with the London Borough of Lewisham to masterplan the park, has just completed the design and contract administration for the third and final phase of the project.
The project is particularly relevant in the context of the ongoing select committee inquiry into the future of public parks. The Landscape Institute’s written response to the inquiry, submitted in September 2016, argued that parks should be recognised as key components of the UK’s green infrastructure network.
The park’s design emphasises the linear space to celebrate the heritage of the site. A grass lawn extending through the length of the park represents the canal, while a resin-bonded gravel surface reflects the tow path. A granite seat wall delineates the edge of the linear space.
Oliver Lee, Director at TLP, said that residents view the park ‘as a positive transformation of the character and appearance of the local area’, hailing the project as ‘an important example of a local authority continuing to value and invest in public open space’.
Other entries in the Best New Public Space category are:
- Manor House Square, Southall, by DK-CM
- New London Bridge Staircase, by bere:architects
- Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place, by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with landscape architect Gross Max
The shortlisted Best Town Centres are:
- the Deptford Project (London Borough of Lewisham and U+I Group PLC)
- Hackney Central masterplan (London Borough of Hackney, Hawkins Brown and Studio Weave)
- Pop Brixton (Make Shift, Lambeth Council and Carl Turner Architects)
- West Croydon (Croydon Council and East)
- the Scene (Hill Partnerships, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association, Pollard Thomas Edwards and London Borough Waltham Forest)
Other landscape projects to receive nominations include Peckham Coal Line and St Quintin and Woodlands neighbourhood plan, both shortlisted for Best Community-Led Project; and Chapter Lewisham (Weston Williamson + Partners) and West End public realm improvements (DSDHA and Camden Council) for Best Conceptual Project.
The winners will be announced at an event at City Hall on 27 February. For more information on the Awards and the ceremony, visit the London Planning Awards website.