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Abbey Green: The Entries - Part 1

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All of the submitted design proposals for the Abbey Green competition


Nemogruppo sculpts the southern portion of Abbey Green into a low mound with a walkway linking the Broadway to Town Quay at its 3m peak. The eastern section of the site becomes a piazza that links park to town, with the northern section forming a quiet area and the western section an activity zone.



Abbey Green is redrawn into six distinct areas in Park-Hood’s scheme, which expands beyond the park’s current borders. A ‘red carpet’ boulevard, punctuated with plectrum-shaped park rooms, links Broadway and Town Quay. The waterfront is substantially redeveloped, with Abbey Road absorbed into the park.



The hull geometries of Barking’s historic fishing fleets inspire Strata’s proposal, which includes rounded tree planting and meadows echoing the curvature of boats. The scheme extends the green beyond its current boundaries and consolidates the two schools of St Joseph’s and St Margaret’s on to one site.


Moxon Architects

sports track dominates the northern portion of Abbey Green in Moxon’s design, with a new basketball court in the south. Counterpointing these hard surfaces are an apiary, a nature trail and a wildflower meadow. An observation tower situated to the north of the abbey ruins provides panoramas over the park.


The Environmental Dimension Partnership

A landmark suspension bridge floating above the abbey ruins and improved footpaths through the park comprise EDP’s proposal to connect Barking’s past and present. It also introduces a series of radiating brooks from park to town, while dense urban woodland expands the park beyond its boundary.


Goodger Design Associates

Traffic-calming measures around Abbey Green, welcoming gateways and defined new routes through the park underpin Goodger’s plan. These better connect the park to the town and river, while a sense of occasion and destination is created with an edible garden, a sculpture park, a performance space and tree-lined avenues.



LandLab proposes a tunnel to lower Abbey Road to extend the park, uninterrupted, to the river and on to a new Barking Barrow, with views back across the basin, park and town. A new square incorporates Curfew Tower and space for performance and markets, while wildflower gardens and allotments provide plant and play havens.


Dow Jones Architects


An historic drawing of Abbey Green prompted Dow Jones’ plan of densifying the edges of the park. This includes new housing, a bridge and tower to the west and a new Broadway market to the east. Within the existing footprint it proposes an apothecary garden, museum, allotments, lido, pavilion and cricket pitch contained by bunds.


GVA Grimley

GVA Grimley’s plan for the site is to open up Abbey Green in order to encourage a greater variety of users into it. They include improved cycle and pedestrian routes across the park and a new market square by the Curfew Tower. A new pavilion by the church and waterfront activities by the River Roding also feature in GVA Grimley’s proposal.



Abbey Green’s historic core is the starting point for Mor’s plan. Earthworks around the abbey ruins radiate into the park and a spinal path connecting its different sections. The abbey’s decorative motifs inspire gateways that punctuate the park, while a new square on Broadway reconnects the Curfew Tower and town.




This Berlin-based architecture practice proposes linking the north and south of the park with a scenic tour, which also connects various activity centres around the plot.These would include greater play facilities next to the school in the green’s southern section and a bigger market to connect the park to the town.

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