Abbey Green

The new design for the park is intended to create a vibrant new attraction for Barking. It extends the park out into the surrounding area, enhances its historic associations, reinforces its topography, and animates it with a colourful perimeter promenade and variety of new activity zones.

A new landscaped green bridge is created to connect over the road to a new riverside terrace at Town Quay, creating space for a new Museum and facilities below. The slope also creates a natural viewing area for a new mobile performance area for the nearby Broadway Theatre.

Client: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Cost: £4.5 million

Status: Competition 2009, shortlisted finalist

Team: McDowell+Benedetti, Freemont Landscape Architects, Jackson Coles, Alan Baxter & Associates, Max Fordham

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