Drawing upon the history of a lost river that crossed the site and from where the village takes its name, the Lower Kid Brooke, a new chalk stream creates a palimpsest of the ancient waterway as a dry chalk stream winding its way from the north to the south of the park. The chalk stream forms the backbone of the landscape approach, connecting the existing water bodies with a dry riverbed, acting as a path and inviting the public to discover and interact with the natural environment.
At the source of the chalk stream we have created a 3,000m3 wild play space creating a biophilic experience for ages 0 to 100. Limestone outcrops and climbing walls enclose the space and bespoke natural play towers create a dramatic focus the space, materials used in the construction have been repurposed and upcycled from standing deadwood trees, air preserved and reused as climbing frames to greenheart groynes pulled out redundant Thames jetties to be used as climbing walls and benches.
Not only has nature returned to the site but the parkland transformation has received an overwhelmingly positive response from local residents. This new park offers a legacy for the local community & London.
Kidbrooke Village received the Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning in 2020. The scheme also won:
- Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity – Landscape Institute Awards
- The President’s Award in the Landscape Institute Awards – Landscape Institute Awards
- Contribution to Place Award - The Pineapple Awards