Victoria Tower Gardens
Client: The Royal Parks
Duration: 12 weeks
A bespoke play area constructed for The Royal Parks. Works included removing an existing tarmac play area and creating a new play area with:
○ Bespoke timber walls
○ Timber play structures
○ Safety surfacing
○ A resin-bound feature path
Victoria Tower Garden is sits on the northern embankment of the Thames between Lambeth Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. The park can be accessed via four entrance gates that lead to the pedestrian footpath adjacent to Millbank and Lambeth Bridge. This is generally a very busy area, with both residential and commercial properties located nearby attracting commuters and tourists.
This meant the site logistics had to be very carefully planned to avoid disruption. Moreover, the historic value of the park meant all the excavations had to be done sensitively constantly being monitored for any historic artefacts
We were asked to completely refurbish the Victoria Tower Gardens. Refurbishment works included installation of play equipment and various surfacing, construction of a sandpit, boardwalk and timber retaining walls. The aim of the project was to conserve and enhance the natural and built environment, historic landscape and biodiversity of the Parks for the benefit of our diverse audiences and future generations
In addition to this, we created a bespoke granite river of granite for the water to feed along from the children’s pump. The surrounding area was made using bespoke timber platforms, decking and play features. Previous surfacing was removed and replaced with tarmac which was surfaced with tar and chip together with rubber crumb play surfacing and tiger mulch.