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