Unlocking the site’s potential through recreation, heritage and ecology
London has too few new parks, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to play a part in this 'Olympic Fringe' project at the visionary Lea River Park.
Carved out of the Lea Valley by river infrastructure, Three Mills Green provides a valuable open space set amongst a backdrop of listed buildings and rapid regeneration.
Three Mills Green provides a quality open space for the local community as well as emergent ones, operating as a catalyst for future development in the Lea Valley Regional Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which sees the transformation of largely industrial sites into residential neighbourhoods. Providing a harmonious combination of recreation, heritage and ecology was the key to unlocking the full potential of the site in order to express its edges.
The main body of the park emerges from a pure circular form pressed into the ground plane.
This simple form generates a new topography and amphitheatre, and facilitates informal sports and events on a dedicated resilient turf system. A meandering route tracks the Prescott Channel to reveal Wild Kingdom by We Made That, a natural play zone woven into the hills and trees that encourages children to let the imagination run free.
Along Three Mills Wall where resident narrow boats enjoy a calm mooring, we formed the first stretch of Fat Walk with 5th Studio, a route that will over time help realise the Lea River Strategy connecting the Lea Valley Park to the Thames as originally envisaged.