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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.

Update: Spring 2022

  • The council has appointed a design team to develop designs for the park and take the scheme through to implementation. A community advisory group has formed.
  • The design team landscape architects LUC are leading the design team. They are supported by Lumby Consultancy, who specialise in community engagement.
  • Following on from the earlier consultation on the new masterplan for the park, the design team will be carrying out further consultation in spring and summer 2022 to help shape the designs.

Consultation session Saturday 20 August

The parks and open spaces team will be in the park at 12 – 4pm on Saturday 20 August. This is part of a consultation to create a detailed design for refurbishment of the park at the end of the Thames Tideway project.

Come and look at the designs and let us know what you think. 

SPLASH will be running an arts and crafts session for children and families to take part in.

Outreach consultation

Local groups were contacted in March and April. The aim was to discuss how the park is currently used, find out what people like / dislike, explore current issues and find out what people would like to see in the park.

Thematic workshops

There will be series of thematic workshops at local venues in May. The workshops will cover the key themes for the park restoration:

  • play

  • sport and health and wellbeing

  • accessibility and safety

  • art and entertainment

  • heritage and nature.

There are a maximum of 20 places at each workshops. They will include visual presentations and interactive exercises to inform the project plans.

Exhibition events in summer

The final element of the KEMP consultation will include two local exhibition events. At these events the team will show ideas and designs to date and ask for comments - in person and via a survey.

Look out for promotion of the events and ensure your attendance to inform the park designs!


If you would like to attend one of the KEMP thematic workshops 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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