Burgess Park, one of South London’s biggest parks, has re-opened its gates to the public following an £8m transformation.
Design, environment and energy consultancy LDA Design was appointed by the council as landscape architects to help create an imaginative 21st century redesign for the park including an improved lake and dedicated gardens, and to improve biodiversity throughout the park.
The multi-million pound transformation also features a range of facilities and amenities designed to appeal to the community at large, including a new over-fives playground and a 5km fitness route around the park’s perimeter. The lake has been redesigned and expanded with two 9m-high water fountains and a 90m wooden bridge designed to connect Albany Road to other parts of the park. The lake is now home to many fish species, and there are two new wetland habitats used by waterfowl, bats, swifts and house martins.
For the first time in a Southwark park, Burgess Park features a designated barbeque area, a facility that the council plans to expand should it prove popular.
Andrew Harland, senior partner at LDA Design said: ‘Burgess Park welcomes thousands of visitors each year, all of whom will benefit from the upgraded park and facilities. The park is set to be a great community space, transformed so that families can gather and take advantage of all the new amenities including the vibrant new café.’