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Planning King Edward Memorial Park

In 2017 work began on the Thames Tideway Tunnel to help protect the Thames from sewage. Tower Hamlets Council and Save KEMP challenged plans to put the eastern access point for the tunnel construction in King Edward Memorial Park. In the end, the Secretary of State allowed Thames Water to use KEMP, but in return, the Thames Tideway Tunnel was required to invest money to ensure that KEMP remains accessible throughout the tunnel work and is improved for the future. Tideway have their own means of communicating with residents.

Visit the Tideway site for more on the plan. 

Creating the masterplan

Public consultation on Park improvements took place over the summer and autumn of 2016 to help produce the Park Masterplan. See our February 2018 newsletter for the latest news. 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 overal layout for the masrterplan, then download the executive summary.

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 communtiy on the detailed design. 


Work began on the tunnel in early 2017 and will run for about three and a half years. 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. Some investigation of the ground conditions will take place in advance of this.

Spring 2017 - 'early works' Thames Tideway have to do this before the main work starts. Closure and relocation of existing play area and Multi Games Area (ball court). The completion of the new playground has been significantly delayed and completion is now anticipated for September. To compensate, Tideway have pad for a series of hoilday activities and some temporary play equipment in the park.

Summer 2017 - Thames Tideway start main work. Diversion of Thames Path for a short distance away from riverfront and creation of site compound for TTT, 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.

Autumn 2017 and Winter 2018 - the council will be appointing a design team and carrying out consultation with local residents on detailed design. If you are interested in taking part in this contact kempproject@towerhamlets.gov.uk

2020 - completion of main works

2020-22 - completion of additional works in line with the KEMP masterplan subject to scale of work and LBTH arrangements.