The new park entails six acres of green space within the 42-acre site, connecting the Power Station, Circus West and Phase 6 to the River Thames, with a riverside promenade. Detailed planning consent for the park was secured earlier this year and it is due to open in phases from 2017.
LDA Design's final concept combines industrial references, traditional park features and London street aesthetics.Two large lawns flank a north-south oriented central axis and a series of garden terraces run broadly to the river, forming the northern edge to the lawns. A riverfront promenade is located at the foot of the garden terraces and there are two lawn- level ‘belvedere’ spaces at each end of the park, plus gardens to both the west and east.
A site-wide furniture palette has been developed for the project. Large scale pieces of timber and corten steel reflect both the scale and materiality of the Grade II* listed building. This is supplemented by bleacher seats and steps cast in a coloured black concrete as an oblique reference to the coal which provided the fuel for the generation of power.
Large pieces of timber will also be used in the deck areas for the riverfront promenade and reclaimed heritage items from the Power Station are being incorporated creating a unique setting by the river.
In contrast, softer materials more akin to a traditional park and strong drifts of herbaceous plants and grasses in the garden areas with specimen trees providing structure and texture. Movable chairs will be located throughout to allow the public to make the garden spaces their own.
Robert Aspland, board director at LDA Design, which is involved in the first three phases of the development, said: "The park will play a critical part in place-making, bringing the site to life, serving as a key backdrop for the iconic Power Station, and hosting everything from weekly markets that are known round the world and outdoor cinema screenings, to more informal picnics and lazy Sunday afternoons."