Portfolio- Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park

Background

The project vision was to achieve a radical transformation of Beckenham Place Park in Lewisham, recreating key aspects of the eighteenth-century landscape including the rebuilding of The Homesteads (stable buildings lost to fire in 2003), recreation of the historic lake (approx. 0.9 ha), creation of a 5 Km trail network, improved access and footpaths, woodland and meadow management, creation of 2 new play spaces and a BMX track, and upgrading of the skate park. The project also includes a significant Environment Agency led scheme for flood alleviation and storage on the eastern side of the park.

Our Role

CFP were commissioned to support the London Borough of Lewisham and the multi-disciplinary design team during the development stage of the Parks for People restoration project at Beckenham Place Park in south-east London. Our work included extensive stakeholder and public consultation to inform and justify the capitals proposals and our work in producing an Activity Plan and Business Plan to support the £6.6 million (Phase 1) project.

Outcomes and Results

Our work on Business Planning and Activity Planning identified the opportunities to develop an outdoor education and adventure-learning programme with a local charity. The capital works to improve access were developed to facilitate greater use of the park for walking, running, cycling and other recreational activities. The re-creation of the lake would allow canoeing / kayaking and outdoor swimming. The proposals for The Homesteads focused on a new visitor arrival point with interpretation and information, a café and external café seating, office accommodation and facilities to support the adventure learning programme. We also worked with local cycling organisations and businesses to assess the viability of a cycle hire and training operation.

For more of our work on Activity Planning please follow the link.