Planning King Edward Memorial Park
Creating the masterplan
Public consultation on Park improvements took place over the summer and autumn of 2016 to help produce the Park Masterplan. Although this procress has been delayed, the masterplan is now finalised and available to download. It is a long document with lots of images. If you would prefer to see a summary and overall layout for the masrterplan, then download the executive summary.
Visit the Tideway site for more information and the Tideway documents relating to the plan.
The Development Consent Order (DCO) gives Tideway the authority to carry out work at King Edward Memorial Park, specifically in relation to Tideway's design of land known as The Foreshore, the new piece of land that will protrude into the river from the park.
Implementing the masterplan
The masterplan represents an outline design for the park, and there is much to be done to create the detailed design. Over the next few months, the council will be appointing a design team to take the masterplan forward, and to work on consulting the local community on the detailed design.
Work began on the tunnel in early 2017 and was initially predicted to run for about three and a half years, but difficulties in piling into the river bed have resulted in a delay in the programme and completion is currently predicted to take place in late 2021. The Park will not be closed during this time although some areas essential for construction must be closed off. Thames Tideway Tunnel are paying for all the work in the park to help compensate for the disruption.
In 2017, in advance of the main work to the tunnel, Tideway constructed a new playground to replace the one that was removed to enable access to the construction site. This work took significantly longer than anticipated and, to compensate, Tideway paid for a series of holiday activities and some temporary play equipment in the park which will remain in place until the end of the work period.
From early 2017, work has been taking place on the tunnel. This has resulted in the diversion of the Thames Path for a short distance away from the riverfront and the creation of a site compound to extend the foreshore at the Thames side of the park. There will remain a route connecting the river walkway through the park at all times.
In late 2018 and though 2019, Tower Hamlets will be engaging with local residents and organisations to feed into the detailed design for the park. The council will be appointing a team to develop the detailed design and has established a community advisory group.
Work to refurbish the park has to fit in with the Tideway programme, and it is anticipated that the work will begin in the autumn of 2012 and finish in the spring of 2023.