BDP has taken the top spot in the Best New Public Space category at this year’s London Planning Awards with its design for Margaret McMillan Park in Lewisham.
This is the third time that BDP has won the category in the nine years since the awards have been running. The Mayor of London cited the project as an excellent model for use in other areas.
Landscape architect director at BDP Mehron Kirk led the design team. He said the project has transformed the district park, previously used as a shortcut by commuters, into an attractive and inviting public space with lots of character.
Key to the design is an improved network of footpaths interspersed with a series of meeting points, relaxing places to sit, and diverse planting to create a vibrant landscape. Lighting, seating and signage connect the park to the town centre and encourage people to use the space in the evening as well as the daytime.
BDP’s Mount Street Public Realm Regeneration for Grosvenor was also one of only two other projects shortlisted in the category.
Organised by London First in conjunction with the Mayor, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban renaissance.