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Southampton Way Pocket Park

Project Category: Public Sector organisationProject Tags: Energy & Carbon Reduction, Gardening & Food Growing, and Wildlife & Conservation

  • Our Story

    This Project will create a Pocket Park along both sides of Southampton Way in Central Camberwell between junctions with Sedgemoor Place and Diamond Street. This stretch of road is currently a wide pavement which is covered in impermeable surfaces

    The project will provide placemaking and urban greening around a local landmark: a restored horse trough at the junction of Southampton Way and Peckham Grove.  

    The area is also in an area at risk of flooding from surface water during extreme storm events and the project will contribute to the sustainable management of flood risk in this complex urban setting.  

    The key design measures to be provided in this scheme are:  

    • Extending existing tree pits and adding shrub planting to increase green credentials of the road.
    • Add new street trees to the length of road to provide shade and temperature cooling in a dense urban area.
    • Accentuate the setting of the horse trough as a historic local landmark by adding seating allowing it to become the heart of the pocket park.
    • Add shallow swales and low maintenance planting in the green space opposite Peckham Grove and in front of Marchwood Close.

    The principle objectives of the scheme are:

    • To work together with the local residents and provide them with a pocket park which embraces a local historic landmark and provides opportunities for social engagement and interaction.
    • To implement intervention measures that maximise flood alleviation, develop a plan that will create strong and resilient communities and sustainably manage surface water runoff in a complex urban setting.
    • To develop a sustainable scheme, with multiple environmental benefits.

    The key environmental benefits are:

    • sustainable urban surface water management
    • habitat creation and enhancement
    • enhanced biodiversity
    • low carbon footprint retrospective water attenuation measures
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