London Legacy Development Corporation / London Thames Gateway Development Corporation / Lee Valley Regional Park Authority / Design for London / LB Newham / LB Tower Hamlets
Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects / Alan Baxter Associates / Capita / Ecology Consultancy / Latz + Partner, Colliers CRE / Davis Langdon / Jane Wernick Associates / Whitby Bird
5th studio have been involved as master planners and architects for the development of the public realm of the Lower Lea Valley since 2007.
Our principle engagement in the valley has been with the Lea River Park; it is central to the wider regeneration of the area, which will continue to undergo massive change over the coming decades. In 2008 5th studio completed the Lea River Park Design Framework, creating a vision, landscape strategy and delivery framework, which has informed local planning policies and the projects currently being delivered.
The Lea River Park connects Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and the River Thames with new continuous public parklands - ‘completing’ the 26-mile long Lee Valley Regional Park. The strategic first phase of this vision is the delivery of a linear park named the Leaway, which creates a continuous walking and cycling route along the River Lea. This connects a series of existing but fragmented public open spaces. Over time this route will be added to with new parks and additional pedestrian and cycle connections, delivered as land becomes available.
The Leaway is the first phase in delivering this park, in tackling the most challenging physical severances that affect the Lea River Park, these projects fulfil a key-enabling role. By providing the backbone of the emerging park, the Leaway will be instrumental in creating and assembling 235ha of new and improved public open space within the Lower Lea Valley.
This requires the delivery of a series of infrastructural and public realm projects to overcome key disconnections down the valley. These first phase projects have been designed in detail and are going to be delivered in the next few years.
Projects have ranged from new bridges spanning the Lea, developing proposals for visitor centres to the delivery of new riverside landscapes. Alongside individual projects 5th studio continued to provide an overarching design advisory role, helping to coordinate this cross-borough project and its integration into the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley.