Beckenham Place Park is a historic public park in Lewisham with a rich history dating back to the 18th century. In 1927, it opened as a municipal park but over time, the park declined, the stables suffered an arson attack, and the Grade II* listed mansion was added to the ‘at risk’ register in 2013. Lewisham Council had a vision to transform Beckenham Place Park into a more diverse, naturalistic and dynamic landscape attracting wider audiences. They took the difficult decision to close the golf course, which dominated the landscape, in the face of strong and vocal opposition and appointed CFP to develop the project and explore how the vision could be achieved.
The project was awarded £4.7m funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), and the lake and park were officially re-opened by the Mayor of London and the Mayor of Lewisham in July 2019. The project was one of the most successful funded through the Parks for People programme, with delivery exceeding expectations. Visitor numbers have more than trebled to over 600,000 annually, and the visitor profile is significantly more diverse, more closely reflecting that of Lewisham. The project’s success has stimulated further investment in the park, and the expanded staffing structure is being sustained through diversified income streams.