Canal Park Design Guide
Location: London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets
Date: 2012 - 2013
Client: London Legacy Development Corporation
At the heart of the planning and development process of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) remains the commitment to fulfil a number of objectives to underpin the regeneration of this part of the east end of London embedded in the aspirations of London’s Olympic bid.

The key requirements for Green Infrastructure within the planning commitment is for a minimum 102 hectares of publicly accessible open space and 45 hectares of habitat. Much of this commitment is already in place following the delivery of the 2012 Games. Canal Park constitutes approximately 5ha of the parkland element extending 1.2km along the western edge of the Olympic Park, and adjacent to the Lee Navigation.

The Guidance is there to ensure that as new development is realised, a strong relationship between new neighbourhoods and the Park is forged and high quality design is realised. Extensive community engagement underpins the guidance.

Canal Park is a collaborative project lead by J & L Gibbons with muf architecture/art, East, Phil Meadowcroft, Civic Engineers, Ecology Consultancy and Tim O'Hare Associates.
'I have been really impressed with the work the Jo and her team have undertaken in designing the Canal Park along the Lee Navigation.
They have taken the time to understand the character, culture and community of the local waterway network, and as a result created a thoughtful and innovative linear park, that clearly and truthfully reflects the spirit of London’s Canals.'
Marcus Chaloner
National Design Team Manager
Canal & River Trust
Architect: muf architecture/art, East, Phil Meadowcroft
Engineers: Civic Engineers
Quanity Surveyor: Artelia
Lighting Design: Dekka
Ecology: The Ecology Consultancy
Soil consultant: Tim O'Hare Associates

Photography: © Sarah Blee and J & L Gibbons