Remodelled Burgess Park opens

Wild flower meadows, play areas and local viewpoints were established by contractor Pro-Scape.

Contractor Pro-Scape has given physical form to a sculptural landscape that includes wild flowers, a play area and a 12m-high mound.

The features, created by LDA Design, form part of an £8m transformation of one of the capital's biggest parks. Burgess Park near Old Kent Road in Southwark was officially opened on 21 July.

Pro-Scape contracts manager Richard Harmer worked with main contractor Balfour Beatty on the project including wild flower meadows and woodland planting by University of Sheffield Professor James Hitchmough.

Massive land sculpting was defined by 92,000 new plants including 331 trees, 800m of new footpaths and 3,600m of rebuilt pathways. There are 50 new benches and a 5km fitness route.

LDA Design director David Thompson said: "We wanted to remodel the land without taking material off site. Earth from the lake, which we doubled in size, was used to sculpt and offer fantastic views from the highest points."

CJ Pryor (Contracts) handled the earthworks, while London Borough of Southwark tree officer Oliver Stutter and project manager Ruth Miller dotted exotic magnolias and tulip trees among native species.

Funds for this first eastern phase included a £2m grant from the Greater London Authority and £4m from a partnership between Southwark and the Aylesbury New Deal for Communities, now named the Creation Trust.

Council view

"We hope these fantastic new facilities will help to bring local communities even closer together, whether they live on the Camberwell, Peckham or Walworth edges of the park."

Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for environment, London borough of Southwark


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