Client: Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Contractor: Kinnear Landscape Architects
New-look Normand Park opened in Fulham last week, thanks to £3m of regeneration funding from North Fulham New Deal for Communities, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Arts Council England. The work was pioneered by locals through talks with residents and a friends' group. Kinnear Landscape Architects incorporated the park's history into the new design. Etching along a new boardwalk refers to bombing in World War Two.
"Design alone does not make places: interaction with people does," said director Lynn Kinnear. "A community garden focuses local involvement and can be used by people of all abilities and ages. An apple-tree grove harks back to the site's history as an orchard."
Other features included a play area, BMX zone and an open grass area with decks and wildflowers. A community garden for herbs and vegetables is overlooked by a refurbished park building and CCTVs.
Varieties of fruit trees were chosen to reflect those grown in the park in the 19th century. Rainwater is collected from the roof of a nearby gym, stored and pumped through an irrigation network. Interactive lighting posts stand between trees along the broadwalk to create coloured patterns. Jason Bruges Studio worked with local children on the lighting.
Community engagement was strengthened by appointing a park officer to work with locals, schools and police.