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Thames Barrier Park, London

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch

The Thames Barrier Park is located on the north side of the River Thames at the east end of London adjacent to the Thames barrier. It is a square plot of land and was designed by landscape architects Groupe Signes and architects Patel Taylor. The intention was to create a new park which would act catalyst for private development in this formally derelict part of London.

Thames Barrier Park, London - Planted Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London – Planted Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London - Cafe

Thames Barrier Park, London – Cafe

Thames Barrier Park, London - Tree Grid

Thames Barrier Park, London – Tree Grid

The design of the park creates a variety of different space from open grasslands and wild flower meadows with grids of trees, inclined lawn flanked by concrete walls to the more enclosed green dry dock area which bisects the site diagonally.

Thames Barrier Park, London - Birch Tree Grid

Thames Barrier Park, London – Birch Tree Grid

Thames Barrier Park, London - Inclined Lawn

Thames Barrier Park, London – Inclined Lawn

The green dry dock harks back to this site’s history, with the scale of this feature being similar to that of a dry dock. The walls flanking the dock are planted with a shrubby Lonicera and are automatically irrigated. The planting to base of the dry dock is linear in nature with Taxus baccata undulating block of planting providing all year round sculptural features.

Thames Barrier Park, London - View Along the Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London – View Along the Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London - Planting Bands to the Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London – Planting Bands to the Dry Dock

Thames Barrier Park, London - Green Wall

Thames Barrier Park, London – Green Wall

There are a number of bridges which cross the green dry dock area providing connection to both sides of the park.

Thames Barrier Park, London - Bridge

Thames Barrier Park, London – Bridge

Thames Barrier Park, London - Bridge

Thames Barrier Park, London – Bridge

Thames Barrier Park, London - Bridge

Thames Barrier Park, London – Bridge

At the end of the dry dock the Pavilion of Remembrance is located, this commemorates the local war dead. This is a roofed structure supported by numerous columns with several undulating stone benches located beneath. The ground plane in this area is constructed of wooden deck.

Thames Barrier Park, London - the Pavilion of Remembrance

Thames Barrier Park, London – the Pavilion of Remembrance

Thames Barrier Park, London - Undulating Bench

Thames Barrier Park, London – Undulating Bench

Well designed, robust furniture and barriers are evident throughout the park. All elements are aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Thames Barrier Park, London - Barrier

Thames Barrier Park, London – Barrier

Thames Barrier Park, London - Barrier

Thames Barrier Park, London – Barrier

Thames Barrier Park, London - Railings

Thames Barrier Park, London – Railings

Thames Barrier Park, London - Bench

Thames Barrier Park, London – Bench


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