27 Sep 2013
A landscape design by David Keary of Keary-Coles-Design Limited has been selected as the winning entry in a competition to uplift and reveal the hidden landscape on Battersea Park’s riverbanks. The winning design for the Albert Bridge Promontory alongside the River Thames was announced at this year’s Landscape Show on 24 September 2013 by the competition and event’s organisers. The design was selected from those submitted by the Society of Garden Designers registered members.
The Battersea Park Promontory is located towards the North West corner of the Park and close to Albert Bridge. Currently it is a predominantly grassed area, planted with semi-mature and mature trees and enclosed by iron railings on all four sides. The site is currently overgrown and wild and the 830 sqm area is kept locked and restricted to council and maintenance access only.
The Judging Panel chose David’s design as they felt it was both “appropriate to the prominent location” and “in-keeping with its English Heritage Grade II* listed status within the Park”. The clean and simple design, featuring curved walkways and carefully considered tree and shrub planting also adhered strictly to the brief and was “sympathetic to the Victorian design style utilised along the park’s river frontage”.
The construction project, commissioned by Wandsworth Council, aims to improve the area to allow better, safer access to the location whilst maximising the impressive views of the river and Albert Bridge. The Friends of Battersea Park group is also keen to see this prominent area improved and opened up for access by visitors to the Park.
David Keary, principal landscape architect at Keary-Coles said of his win: “We saw this as a great opportunity to get involved with such a prestigious project – it gave us a chance to demonstrate our design skills to a new audience. I am really pleased that we will be able to see our design take shape on the banks of the Thames and that the resulting landscape will open up public access to some stunning vistas across the Park, the river and Albert Bridge.”