Ground Control starts works at Woodhouse Urban Park

Ground Control has kicked off construction works at Woodhouse Urban Park as part of the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

Cllr Margaret McLennan and Adrian Denbow. Image: Ground Control
Cllr Margaret McLennan and Adrian Denbow. Image: Ground Control

The 0.2ha park in the London Borough of Brent is due to open to the public in spring 2016. It will feature natural, robust and sustainable play provisions, site furniture, a diverse landscaped design, new trees and species that will contribute significantly to the wider attractiveness and landscaped value of the local area.

The park is part of a wider development of 2,400 new homes, along with a new local primary school, shops, new health facilities, a site wide energy solution, an improved public realm and environmental standards. Erect Architecture led on the design and specification and community engagement. 

Elements being installed by Ground Control include bespoke concrete seating, fencing, kerbing, a concrete platform, imprinted concrete paths with exposed aggregate finish and imprinted patterns, a giant oak play structure with slide, platforms, balance beams, a nest swing, table tennis table, trampoline, earth contouring and mounding, herbaceous and shrub planting with irrigation system and mature trees.

Ground Control construction manager Adrian Denbow, who is overseeing the project, said: "We are delighted to be working on this project, with fantastic input from the local community. There is a real sense of excitement now that works are well underway and the park is beginning to take shape. It really is going to be a great space for families to enjoy."

Barbara Kaucky, director at Erect Architecture, added: "We have very much enjoyed collaborating with the local community and the Friends of Woodhouse Urban Park on the design. I especially fondly remember our bus trip to explore and test good practice in London parks. This was followed by a number of design workshops and public exhibitions.

"Now the design is taking shape and I hope the park will become the focal point for community life that we envisaged it to would be."

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council's lead member for housing and development, commented:

"This is a significant milestone for the South Kilburn regeneration programme. We have met with local residents many times to discuss what kind of park they would like to see and what features it should include. The final proposals look great and I am thrilled to see the contractors on site beginning to turn this space into a fantastic new park, creating a great place for residents to visit and enjoy."

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