Walpole Park, Pitzhanger Manor


Walpole Park is a 12ha public park in the heart of Ealing. J & L Gibbons developed the park masterplan proposals including the historic restoration of formal Regency gardens, walled Kitchen Garden and two large lakes. The park was formerly the garden setting of Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane’s Regency Villa.


The site incorporates the Grade I listed Manor House, designed by the architect Sir John Soane in 1800, together with the Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, West London’s premier professional contemporary arts venue. The park restoration was awarded a HLF Parks for People grant and its redesign was based on extensive historic research, while considering contemporary patterns of use. A programme of activities was introduced to encourage greater involvement of volunteers, school groups and third sector organisations during the project. Many of these activities focused on healthy living, including horticultural skills, managing the kitchen garden, bee keeping and natural adventure play.



PROJECT INFO

Client London Borough of Ealing & Heritage Lottery Fund
Location Ealing, London
Date 2009-2018
Area 12ha
Trees planted 62
Awards
2014 Civic Choice Award
2014-2017 Green Flag Award
2015 Landscape Institute Heritage and Conservation Award
2015 Shortlisted for RIBA MacEwan Award
2015 AR MIPIM
2019 London Building Excellence Award (highly commended)
2019 Shortlisted for Blueprint Award
2019 NLA Awards Conservation winner
2019 AJ Retrofit Awards winner
2019 RIBA London Regional Awards winner
2019 RIBA National Award


CREDITS

Landscape Architect J & L Gibbons
Architects Jestico + Whiles
Landscape Contractors Gavin Jones
Historic Landscape Consultant Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes
Historic Architectural Consultant Julian Harrap Architects
Structural Engineer Ellis & Moore
Service Engineer Kingshaw Associates
Cost Consultants Appleyards DWB
Soil Scientist Tim O'Hare Associates
Landscape Management Land Management Services
Interpretation Designer Ralph Appelbaum Associates
Photography © Sarah Blee | J & L Gibbons