Located in the Gascoigne West neighbourhood, Barking, this temporary pocket park has been co-designed by residents, landscape architects, the client, maintenance teams and contractor.
Funded by Be First and Wates, it is built on three key principles:
1. Co-creation by diverse and representative voices - Care for all people
2. Embedding circular economy principles - Care for the planet
3. Stewardship by the community – Care for place and community
Local residents identified four themes to guide the design: Exercise, Play, Grow and Contemplation. At the heart of the park is a communal stage and feasting table for gatherings, events, communal dining, games and more. The park will be built using only materials that can be upcycled or re-used.
Join the panel below to hear from the team about the co-creation process and discuss how this project has changed the way we all think about collaborative design for future projects.
Amandeep Kalra (Chair) and Sadia Ur-Rehman (Be First)
Stephanie Edwards and Alistair Bance (Urban Symbiotics)
Ryan Edwards and Kirsty Smith (Residents)
Lucy Wilson (Fabrik)
Michelle McSorley (Wates)