Vision for Lower Lea River Park moves step closer

German landscape architect Latz + Partner has been appointed to lead a team to design a section of the Lea River Park that will potentially fulfill a vision first put forward by Sir Patrick Abercrombie in 1944.

The project marks the first phase of the modern interpretation of that vision, the Lea River Design Framework, to create a new continuous area of parkland and parks stretching from the River Thames through to the Olympic Park and beyond to the existing parkland to the north.

Latz + Partner was appointed by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the London Development Agency’s Design for London, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham through a competitive European Union procurement process.

The section covered by Latz + Partner’s design includes a new riverside cycling and walking parkland route, a new community park at Three Mills Green, and a park at East India Dock Basin where the Lea meets the Thames

London Development Agency Group Director for Design Development and Environment Peter Bishop said: "This project presents an opportunity to create an exciting new park which draws on the Lower Lea Valley’s industrial landscape and heritage. It is a bold step towards a cohesive regeneration strategy for this part of London and will be a critical step to delivering a lasting Olympic Legacy."

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Chief Executive Shaun Dawson added: "It’s been our aspiration for many years to extend the Lee Valley Regional Park southwards to the Thames. We’re delighted to be able to play our part in bringing this partnership to fruition."