East transforms Hatcham Garden in London into modern recreation space

Hatcham Gardens, which reopened in early 2010 in southeast London, has been transformed into a modern recreation space by London-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice, East.

Also known as KenderPark, the remodeling of the park includes planting of 40 Albizia trees replacing existing patches of tarmac and fencing; two large sandpits; new custom-made furniture and play equipment in galvanized steel, including swings, climbing equipment and roundabouts; a water fountain; an area for playing Boules; and a meadow area.

East consulted the local Kender Primary school and neighborhood to develop the modern inner-city park. Judith Losing, Director of East, said that the students suggested new ideas for playing with water and sand and requested chess tables under trees for their club to play outdoors. He also added that they designed dog obedience mats for the dog enclosure and wrote poems about caring for each other and the environment, which were incorporated on plaques on the new park benches.

The remodeling is an initiative to improve the site by London Development Agency (LDA) in collaboration with Lewisham Borough Council, as part of the London Mayor's Great Spaces program. The Great Spaces program is part of the Mayor's overall vision for transforming the capital's public spaces, 'London's Great Outdoors'. The three-year plan sets out his commitment for improvement of public spaces in London, ensuring that they help improve the quality of life in the capital.

Sanska has undertaken the construction work of the entire scheme.

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