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Design 1–5ha

Photography: Gross.Max
Potters Fields Park, London

This park alongside the Foster and Partners-designed Greater London Authority on the south bank of the Thames had to reconcile the needs of many different users in a small and intensively used space. The intimate neighbourhood park facing the residential areas gradually opens up towards the river with a series of stepped terraces. It introduces the unique perennial planting style of Piet Oudolf to the UK. Gross.Max introduced the idea of setting up a park trust which made it possible to appoint a head gardener as the financial gain from using the park for a wide variety of (commercial) events directly funds the maintenance and management of the park.

The judges said: ‘This scheme demonstrates how the transition can be made seamlessly between the neighbourhood high street and a metropolitan river front. It is a benchmark for the design of high-quality open space. We were particularly impressed by the arrangements for its long-term management through a trust.’

Landscape architect: Gross Max.
Client Team: More London, The Pool of London Partnership, Southwark Council.
Project Team: Gross Max, SKM Anthony Hunt, DPA Lighting, Piet Oudolf.
Main contractor: Skanska Mc Nicolas.
Soft landscape contractor: The Gavin Jones Group.
Granite supplier: Miller Druck International Stone.
Metalwork contractor: Ballantine Creative Ironworks & Metalcraft.

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