Alexandra Road Park
Location: London Borough of Camden
Date: 2012 - 2014
Client: Heritage Lottery Fund & London Borough of Camden
The park was originally designed by Janet Jack in 1979 and is located within the curtilage of the Grade II* listed Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. The listed Alexandra Road elements of the estate were designed by Neave Brown of Camden Architects department from 1968, and include 520 homes for 1660 people, a tenants’ hall, underground parking, shop (now an artist’s studio), community facilities and the walls steps and ramps of the park.

The park 1.7 Ha in size and is linear in its layout and structured by a series of diagonal paths which cut across the open space, maximizing use of the space and creating a series of ‘outdoor rooms’ with different characters, for relaxation and play. This structure is enlivened by a dramatic three dimensional landscape of ridges and valleys which create excellent views over the space from raised gardens and plazas, as well as more intimate sunken spaces.
The Vision
To improve and rejuvenate the park, enabling the original design intent to be experienced and appreciated by a wide range of local residents and visitors. This will be achieved by a programme of works to improve the existing planting and repair existing park elements which are derelict including:

- Restoring the hard landscaping and improving access
- Provide new play opportunities
- Sensitively reinstate planting and enhance biodiversity
Credits:

Architect: Erect Architecture
Structural & Civil Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
Services Engineer: Skelly & Couch
Cost Consultant: Artelia
Project Manager: Around the Block
Soil consultant: Tim O'Hare Associates

Photography: © Sarah Blee and Janet Jack