A new, safe community space has been forged in the Lesnes to Crossness section of a popular walkway
Lesnes to Crossness constitutes a section of south-east London’s Green Chain Walk, from Lesnes Abbey to Crossness pumping station through Thamesmead South and alongside Southmere Lake. It has improved an area that had suffered from years of poor upkeep and had become potentially dangerous to walk along after the local traveller community introduced free-roaming horses to the land.
Untitled Practice’s proposal involved careful negotiation with this community in order to create the new Southmere Square, moving the horses into nearby paddocks and providing a new public space for the estate and walkers containing seating, play areas and a stepped hill that becomes something of a makeshift amphitheatre.
Thamesmead 180916 4021
The jury was impressed by how much had been achieved with a small budget in often challenging circumstances, creating an area that could be used by all the community, from dog-walkers to skateboarders and bikers, with elements such as milestones that can be developed further along the walk should more funding become available in the future.
As one judge commented: ‘It may not be the most sculpted or refined piece of landscape architecture, but it demonstrates what relatively simple moves into a community can make possible.’
Finalist: Holyrood North by HarrisonStevens
Holyrood North by HarrisonStevens
Finalist: New Ludgate by Gustafson Porter + Bowman
New Ludgate by Gustafson Porter + Bowman
Source: Timothy Soar