Gunnersbury Park ‘Parks for People’ Project is the product of five years of extraordinary teamwork by two local authorities, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, numerous consultants, contractors and members of the local community.
After decades of budget cuts, this 18th century park had reached a critical state, with some listed structures already lost and many others on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register. Many local people had lost confidence in the council’s’ ability to restore the site.
A practical hands-on approach and strong community outreach was combined with the expertise of a dedicated team of heritage and landscape professionals to overcome all these challenges. The use of the Ealing Council in-house team of landscape architects throughout the project ensured there was a high level of skill put towards restoring this site.
The project has delivered a beautifully restored park, fit to meet the challenges of the future, while also celebrating its own unique past. The project displayed a good level of understanding of the heritage assets of the site, and sensitivities both on and off site, which has clearly informed the master-planning for the project.
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Ealing Council Landscape Team
Ealing Council and Hounslow Borough Council; Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund; Historic England
Architect: Rodney Melville + Partners