Ground Control - Alexandra Road Park
Client London Borough of Camden
Architect J&L Gibbons
Designer Ground Control
Maintenance contractor Ground Control
Suppliers Aggregate Movements, Deepdale Trees, Grassroots Play, EE Olly & Sons, Rudridge
The £1.3m regeneration of Alexandra Road Park, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was the first of its type to be connected with a residential development. The neighbourhood park, on the Alexandra & Ainsworth housing estate, forms a green oasis in a built-up urban area of inner London and it is a rare and highly acclaimed example of late 20th century landscape design.
Originally opened in 1979, the park has iconic status. However, it had suffered neglect and in recent years only the bravest members of the public would venture into it after dark.
Ground Control worked closely with the architects to carry out all hard and soft landscaping works to fit the grade II listed surroundings. All materials used matched those of the original build wherever possible using the original designs to replicate concrete structures, pavers and furniture but utilising modern construction and design. New play equipment was installed and the original planting scheme was reinstated with a few additions to bring it up to date.
The judges commented: "A no-go area when the contractors began work, the park has been transformed. All works were completed under the conservation principles and scrutiny of English Heritage. A complex and challenging project, it involved the reuse of as much of the original materials as possible, which were lifted and relaid as part of the refurbishment. The park is once again well used by families and remains an outstanding example of landscaping and architecture from the rebuilding of post-war London."
Award sponsor: Brett Landscaping