Abbey Green: The Entries - Part 2
All of the submitted design proposals for the Abbey Green competition
Collaborative Design Studio
Design Studio proposes dividing Abbey Green into a series of ‘rooms’, each based on its relationship to elements of the park’s history. For example, a children’s growing garden abuts St Margaret’s School. A north-south promenade on Broadway links the rooms together and links the town to the park.
Sporting pitches feature in the northern section of Studio Orange’s scheme. A new public plaza is sited by Curfew Tower and a heritage centre arises south of the abbey ruins. A waterside café and promenade link river to town, and a nature trail and large green buffer connect housing north of the park to the green.
Studio Meda’s design for Abbey Green is characterised by a strengthening of the park’s boundaries, the creation of destinations, and the provision of a winding promenade between them. Reinforced connections to surrounding neighbourhoods and use of the abbey grounds for concerts are also envisaged.
Churchman Landscape Architects
Pedestrianisation of Broadway is a key feature of Churchman’s plan to connect town to park. Integrating the park and river is achieved via a series of pedestrian links over Abbey Road and a new residential development on the site of Abbey Retail Park. Within the green, Churchman proposes a raised walkway through the abbey ruins.
MooArc proposes re-routing the River Roding into the park to form a large water feature at the southern end of the site. Cone-shaped vistas out of the park are created on the north and south perimeters, while the town is brought into the green with better-defined pedestrianisation along Broadway.
Mackenzie Wheeler Architects
New avenues of circulation, a circuit path and new routes across the park open up what Mackenzie Wheeler sees as an enclosed and under-used Abbey Green. There is also a new marina to connect the park and river and a large market square, terrace and play area to link the park to the town.
A new plaza at the southern portion of the park is a key feature of Keppie Design’s proposal and is intended as a multi-functioning amphitheatre for both day and night-time events. On East Street, Keppie includes a museum and children’s play area, and further play facilities are situated in the northern portion of the park.
Plincke’s solution to the park’s blocked link to the river changes the shape of Abbey Green in a land swap with the development opposite its north-western edge. Moving St Margaret’s School to the south of the site consolidates Abbey Green into a square-shaped plot with direct access to the river and potential for extensive marine frontage.
Macgregor Smith envisions a series of walks and promenades across the green to connect the river, park and town. The well-defined routes also lead visitors to new gardens, cafés and play zones across the eastern section of the park, creating a westerly vista to the new Wharf Square at the river.
Wilmotte proposes a continuous asymmetric looping promenade around the park, connecting its main entry points with its two green spaces. This path also creates and encloses sub-spaces, which include play and rest areas, as well as a large, sunken amphitheatre south of the abbey ruins.
BPL’s plan features a sunken and stepped amphitheatre to the south of the abbey ruins, which creates a performance and play space as well as leavening the flat plane of the green. BPL also includes a new Abbey Walk, which links the town centre to the River Roding and whose surface treatment echoes the tiles in St Margaret’s Church and the muf-designed colonnade at Barking Central.