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Gross Max to re-design Kew Gardens

Gross Max, the landscape architect has been contracted to develop proposals to revive Kew Gardens riverside in West London.

The firm has been asked to consult the Thames Landscape Strategy, an organisation charged with conserving and developing the river corridor between Hampstead and Kew.

Ideas being floated include a more elegant dock adjacent to the gardens, and the relandscaping of Kew’s river border. A footbridge is also being considered to link Kew Gardens to Syon Park.

Speaking to the AJ, David Richards of Gross Max said the firm were currently in the analysis process of the project and would be moving into the ideas phase shortly. Concept designs are expected by the end of the summer as the project has to be completed by December.

Over the 250 years since Kew opened to the public, the Thames view has been gradually and deliberately blocked out to ensure Victorian visitors could not see the industrialising Brentford, complete with gasworks and railhead.

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