London park transformed into a modern recreational area in Great Spaces project

Hatcham Gardens, also known as Kender Park, in south London has been remodelled as part of the mayor's Great Spaces project.

Award-winning architects East have transformed the graffiti-dominated park in New Cross into a modern recreational space, using a consultation process with the local school and neighbourhood.

East director Judith Losing commented: "It has been extremely rewarding to work with Kender Primary School and the Building Exploratory on ideas for the redesign of the park.

"The pupils came up with new ideas for playing with water and sand, requested chess tables for their club to play outdoors under trees, designed dog obedience mats for the dog enclosure and wrote poems about caring for each other and the environment, which are mounted on plaques on the new park benches."

The park now houses more than 40 Albizia trees, two large sandpits, new bespoke furniture and play equipment in galvanised steel, a water fountain, an area for playing boules and a meadow area.

The site was improved as part of an initiative between the London Development Agency (LDA) and Lewisham Borough Council

LDA chief executive Peter Bishop said: "The changes at Hatcham Gardens set a new benchmark for modern parks. It will appeal to young and old and encourage local people to enjoy their great outdoors."


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