Masterplanned by LDA Design, the £12m restoration of London’s historic Victoria Park has now been completed
The park will now host thousands of people during the London Olympics, who will gather to watch the Games on giant screens.
LDA Design redesigned the central area of the eastern side to recreate the ‘Heart of the Park’. The area includes a new café and rangers building, designed by Randall Shaw Billingham Architects. The existing 1980s Pools Playground has been upgraded, with new interactive fountain jets and new playable landforms and play equipment. The concrete climbing terraces have been restored and a new skate park has been installed nearby. The Old English Garden, originally designed in the late 1800s, has also been revitalized with the help of Sarah Price.
Existing lakes in the park have been restored to their original shape. The third island to the Western Lake, lost in the 1970s, has been reinstated, and a Chinese Pagoda that was demolished in the 1950s has been recreated, complete with dragons. The Pagoda and Island are connected to the ‘mainland’ by a new bridge, which is modelled on the original design by James Pennethorne, the park’s designer.
Kirk Nelson, director at LDA Design, said: “The challenge was to keep all areas of the park accessible to the public through the busy summer events schedule while the regeneration took place. The result is a beautiful park that appeals to a wider range of people, is more accessible and provides a pedestrian and cycle link to the neighbouring London 2012 Olympic Park.”