Landscape Architect: Martha Schwartz Martha Schwartz Partners In Progress
Sponsors: Ballymore Properties
The vision for the Leamouth Peninsula is to rise to the challenge of delivering new houses in East London and transforming currently derelict land at the gateway to the Lower Lea Valley into a stunning, unique place. The landscape design for the site draws inspiration from both the proposed architecture and the irregular layout of an Italian Hilltown. The vision centers on the creation of a journey through a series of unique spaces with each space providing different types of experiences for both residents and visitors to Leamouth Peninsula North. Surprise and play are key elements for Leamouth North, creating a place which has a strong identity and sense of place.
Leamouth Peninsula is a unique development that offers great quality of life to all its residents and adds a very valuable space that benefits the larger Canning Town community. It will play a vital role in the regeneration of Lower Lea Valley. Over 60% of Leamouth is public open space and the buildings and the landscape are strongly related, creating a very strong sense of place in an environment that previously lacked any identifiable identity. A sequence of new public open spaces has been created, linked with an angled route that is well articulated and activated. Each space will have its own distinctive feel and character allowing an 'element of surprise' to enter the journey through the site. The open spaces are fully accessible and have been designed and arranged to produce an exciting and varied experience. The new bridge connection and the continuous waterfront promenade are creating greatly improved links for the wider area. Since the entire perimeter of the site is publicly accessible, the Lea Valley Park trail is completed along the river's edge. The different character of the key spaces allows for a variety of uses. The open spaces provide interest for people of all ages, and there is a constant activity generated by the movement of the residents, the school and the community centre. The added attraction of the cultural centre, the restaurant and bars and the commercial activity create a draw to the development. In addition, private amenity spaces are provided for the residents wherever possible, creating a community with a strong relationship with open spaces.