Role Landscape Architects & Master Planners
Architect Hawkins Brown
Client London Square
Status In Planning
THE PROPOSAL The landscape vision for the redevelopment of Swandon Way is to enhance the emerging urban fabric of living and working adjacent to both the River Thames and the River Wandle. The celebration of natural water movement is prevalent in the landscape design, whereby ‘two journeys to two rivers’ is emphasised by new landscape elements such as trees, planting, seating and amenity space. The concept for the public realm was to create inspiring journeys and provide space for dynamic activation.
THAMES RIVERSIDE LIVING The Swandon Way site will form part of the pattern of new development adjacent to the Thames. The proximity of the site to the River Thames is also prevalent in creating a new ’waterside’ destination for Wandsworth. The characteristics of recent riverside developments in London are representative of contemporary urban living, with the use of high-rise residential towers, commercial ground floor activation and the establishment of a new community heart. These proposals are successful because they promote healthy, comfortable and convivial lifestyles, in which new residents form social communities and often regenerate the surrounding neighbourhoods.
WANDLE ECOLOGY Establishing a harmony between the urban fabric and the proposed green infrastructure is vital to ensure the development connects to the wider context of Wandsworth, and enhances the environment for people, flora and fauna. A robust green network on site provide key links into the Wandle Valley Green Grid Area Framework, and consequently to the wider All London Green Grid. The proximity of the scheme to the River Wandle Delta creates a tangible connection to riparian habitats, that are celebrated within the planting scheme.