Located on the site of a demolished block of flats, the new Woodhouse Urban Park was designed as a focal point for the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme and an inclusive space for the whole community.
In the North East corner, a seating area with textured floors defining rooms and balconies was laid out to reflect the position of the former building. Different seating areas and a table tennis table are enclosed by diaphanous layers of trees and plants as a relaxing space for all ages. A generous timber topped events stage overlooks a large grassy area defined by trees and planted mounds, presenting an opportunity for the community to host events.
Further South the park becomes more ‘active’. The ‘Beanpole’ play structure is designed for younger and less able children, with a clatter bridge, log traverse and slide.
Placed up on a mound the ‘Giant Tree’ on the southern boundary of the park is a challenging play structure. Bespoke built from oak, it includes a slide, a fireman’s pole, climbing nets, and a view over the park to the surrounding area from the top.

Location: South Kilburn, London
Client: London Borough of Brent
Cost: £450,000 including playpark
Status: Completed 2016

Architecture, landscape, play design, community engagement: erect architecture
Soft Landscaping: Allen Scott
Structural engineer: Tall Engineers
QS: Huntley Cartwright
Contractors: Ground ControlDuncan & Grove (play structures)