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Alexandra Road Park is Reopened!

Alexandra Road Park is Reopened!

Last Thursday 3rd September saw the official opening of Alexandra Road Park, where Ground Control proudly took on the Landscaping works as part of a regeneration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the first of its type to be connected with a residential development.

Photo credit: Nick Bishop, Overview

The neighbourhood park in South Hampstead, sits on the Alexandra and Ainsworth housing estate between Abbey Road and Loudon Road. The park originally opened in 1979, designed by landscape architect Janet Jack to provide the estate residents with open space, and has since become of iconic status.

A group of passionate residents came together in a bid for the parks restoration after it had been left neglected for years. The team went on to win £1million funding as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme, with an additional £500,000 coming from Camden Council.

The opening event brought us together with the Mayor of Camden, local board councillors, Heritage Lottery Fund members, residents and more, to celebrate the regenerated green space and the successes of all involved.

Ground Control worked closely with the architects, JLG, to carry out all the hard and soft landscaping works to fit the Grade ll listed surroundings. This included restoration and repair of existing listed concrete structures, Cedec paths, concrete paving, play safety surfacing, remodelling of play areas including the installation of bespoke play equipment, new fencing and refurbishment of original timber elements, renovation of lawn areas, new planting beds, installation of trees and shrubs,  installation of various site furnishings & equipment including restored benches, construction of a new walk way including drainage , environmental mitigation works and more.

After a tour around the restored park, the Mayor, local councillors, and a representative from the HLF gave speeches to congratulate the residents and team on their efforts to make the project go ahead.

The Mayor of Camden, Larraine Revah, said:

“I know how important a facility like this is. It is such a wonderful asset for people of all ages to enjoy.”

Ground Control’s Contracts Manager who worked on the project, James Langdon, is delighted with the outcome:

“Upon first visiting the park prior to works beginning, it was hard to imagine how we could transform the space in the confines of the Grade ll listed concrete walls. It was an exciting project to work on, and even I am amazed at how much the park has been transformed from a particularly uninviting and daunting space to one which you are quite happy and comfortable to spend time in.”

The event was a great afternoon, seeing many people enjoying the new space. Elena Besussi, a local resident who lives on the estate said,

“From a park that used to be like a jungle, it is an evolution; great for all residents, both children and grown-ups to enjoy. It has become a natural place to meet friends and has given us such a great sense of community.”

Ground Control at Alexandra Road Park Reopening