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Conical hillscape heads for Ealing

East London-based art2architecture is set to start on site with these proposals for a new park on Northala Fields in Ealing, west London.

The project - to be known as Northolt and Greenford Countryside Park - aims to transform the site from 'unattractive' scrubland into a 'new and ambitious neighbourhood park'.

The practice won the 1997 competition for the site in collaboration with EDAW and Peter Neal Associates, and has spent the intervening years securing funding and winning planning permission.

The centrepiece of the scheme will be a series of conical hills that will create 'a new identity for the area'while also forming a landmark for the neighbouring Western Avenue (also known as the A40, and one of the capital's major arteries).

These hills, created from 750,000m 3of imported material and earth, will be home to a range of ecological areas including open water, meadows and mixed woodland. They will also act as a visual and acoustic barrier between the Western Avenue and the open space beyond.

A series of new pathways, waterways and routes will wind through the site, with plans to build a cantilevered bridge over a new stream.

The proposals, scheduled for completion in 2007, also include a visitor centre, which will provide facilities for members of the public and visiting schools.

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