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Planning King Edward Memorial Park

Work began on the Tideway tunnel in 2017 and was expected to take three and a half years. Difficulties in piling into the riverbed resulted in a delay to the programme. Completion is currently expected to take place in 2024.

  • The park will not close but construction areas will be closed off. Thames Tideway Tunnel are paying for the refurbishment of the park as compensation for this disruption.
  • In 2017 Tideway installed a new playground to replace the one removed to give access to the construction site.
  • Work started on the tunnel in 2017. This resulted in the diversion of the Thames Path for a short distance away from the riverfront. A site compound was also created to extend the foreshore at the Thames side of the park.

Tower Hamlets council consulted in 2016 and 2017. Residents and organisations were invited to give their views on the design for the park.

Closure of Thames Path walkway

The Thames Path at Free Trade Wharf is closed until further notice due to a damaged walkway.

For public safety, Tideway has extended this closure a short distance into King Edward Memorial Park. This means there is currently no access to the park from the walkway. 

Update 2022

The council has appointed a team to develop designs for the park and take the scheme through to implementation. A community advisory group has been formed.

landscape architects Land Use Consultants (LUC) are leading the design team. They are supported by Lumby Consultancy, who specialise in community engagement.

Following on from consultation on the new masterplan for the park in 2016/17,  LUC met with residents and community organisations in the spring and summer 2022 . They worked to create a detailed design for refurbishment of the park at the end of the Thames Tideway project.

If you would like to see the current design or to join the KEMP Masterplan Advisory Group (MAG) please contact us at kempproject@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Work to refurbish the park is expected to be completed in 2025, subject to the completion of the Tideway programme.

If you would like to see the design for the park or would like to join the KEMP Masterplan Advisory Group (MAG) please contact us at kempproject@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


Work to refurbish the park is expected to be completed in 2025, subject to the completion of the Tideway programme.

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