Garden Club London are very happy to have won the Built Environment Award at the Canal and River Trust Awards 2018. The awards was for the company’s Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin, London. The Living Waterways Awards shine a spotlight on work that creates vibrant, thriving, living waterways.
Garden Club London are very pleased to receive recognition from such a well respected authority. The company had to work closely with throughout the planning and build process, to minimise environmental impact.
The intention was to create a space that would bring together the neighbouring communities and visitors to enjoy the area.
The brief required that the space encourage interaction with the water. The design we devised was for a series of floating garden areas, connected by walkways.
This gives a sense of the garden having a series of pools set within and around it, rather than covering the mass of water as one area. A decked area, with several pergolas and shade sails, provides a space for events, pop-ups and for outdoor working. There is also the opportunity for local office workers to make use of free Wi-Fi.
As people explore the space further, you discover two large areas of lawn, planter beds, trees and benches. These offer a family friendly space to relax, play and for picnics or lunch away from the office.
The Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square is a popular addition to London’s green space and is open to the public all year round.
Ben Dewhirst, landscape architect, Garden Club London Ltd said:
“Very happy for the Floating Pocket Park to again receieve recognition for what is a highly unique project. We love how it has reactivated this historically significant part of London. Blue space design is something we’ll have to consider more in the future and we hope the FPP canserve as a reputable precedent.”