LDA sets out trio of options for listed Capability Brown landscape

Option 1, retaining the athletics track in its current lakeside location
Option 1, retaining the athletics track in its current lakeside location

Public consultation has opened for the London Borough of Merton’s regeneration of Grade II*-listed Wimbledon Park, led by LDA Design.

Wimbledon Park covers 27ha, with a 9ha lake at its heart. It was originally part of a larger 18th century landscape designed by Capability Brown and serving grand houses by Wimbledon Village. Following decades of piecemeal additions, the new park masterplan seeks to rationalise the space, unifying and possibly improving existing facilities, refocussing attention on the lake and restoring the character of the original park landscape.

Following consultation with users and stakeholders, three options have been put out to public consultation:

The first proposes minimal intervention, maintaining a people and activities zone around the lake, but retaining some of the existing facilities in visually intrusive locations,

The second maximises the character of the landscape and seeks to reconnect the lake with the wider park. This involves moving the athletics facilities to beside the railway line on the eastern edge of the park and building a new watersports and outdoor centre. This option would also boost wildlife habitats and help alleviate surface flooding.

The third, and most extensive, option takes a commercial approach, not only integrating the lake with the landscape and restoring sightlines, but also building bigger, more varied facilities that could generate an income to support park operation and maintenance.

As part of the works, it is also hoped to restore Brown’s Great Lawn and re-landscape the waterfall garden.

Public consultation continues until 22 August. Find out more about the proposals, and have your say, here 

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