Context and materiality
The rich site history provided opportunities for interpretation, as historical narrative subconsciously and consciously informs users of the historical nature of the community. Bespoke elements have been included, such as the shade canopies which reflect the establishment of the Lewisham Whipple Truss Bridge, and the table tennis design which is a celebration of Lewisham’s identity with a contemporary design featuring the postcode – 2049.
The site falls in a low point for the surrounding area and often floods, so Arcadia worked closely with Enstruct to integrate a drainage and WSUD strategy. A series of raingardens and infiltration basins are positioned throughout the public park, expressing the process of stormwater treatment in an aesthetic framework, while highlighting an important ecological process in a visually pleasing and engaging way.
Local endemic plants have created lush native planting and have been used throughout the site to establish strong links to the site’s original ecological community.