[FIRST LOOK] LDA Design has landed planning permission for this £6 million project to transform Burgess Park in Southwark, south London
Approved by local councillors on Wednesday (2 February) last week, the project aims to remove the park’s ‘redundant’ roads and pathways, to enlarge a lake and to establish new ‘wildlife habitats’.
Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, said: ‘We’re increasing the overall number of trees in the park, nearly doubling it in fact, and increasing the overall amount of scrubland by more than 2,000m².
‘The opportunities presented by these plans come around once-in-a-lifetime, and this is great news not just for users of Burgess Park but for Southwark as a whole. The park is a real gem, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank not just the Mayor’s office and Creation, but the whole community for their support and enthusiasm.’
London Mayor Boris Johnson added: ‘This is an important step forward in improving Burgess Park and now the real work can begin. The park will be transformed with better layout, colourful gardens and wildlife areas for local people and visitors alike to enjoy.’
LDA in November 2009 beat a shortlist of 25 practices to win the job.
The scheme won £2 million from the mayor’s ‘Help a London Park’ programme and its first phase is scheduled to open in March 2012.