Burgess Park Site Visit

12 Feb

On the morning of Saturday 11th February 2012 I attended a site visit of the works being carried out on the Burgess Park project. It was hosted by Ruth Miller of Southwark Council and representatives from Balfour Beatty, the contractor responsible for delivering this project.

We were informed the car park area and the play ground (adjacent to Chumleigh Gardens) are both due for completion in March 2012. The rest of the contract is due for completion in June 2012, this is subject to unforeseen delays.

Below is a plan locating the photographs taken on this visit, I believe the base plan (produced by LDA) is the current proposals.

Burgess Park Image Locations Master Plan

Image Locations

The lime kilns setting has been given more space.

01 - Burgess Park Lime Kiln (11/02/2012)

01 – Burgess Park Lime Kiln (11/02/2012)

 The rain gardens at the Camberwell Road entrance are under construction. These will accommodate surface water runoff from the adjacent paving. The planting is specified to thrive in the anticipated moist/ wet soil conditions. To the left of the image the newly formed grass banks can be seen.

02 - Burgess Park Entrance Rain Gardens

02 – Burgess Park Entrance Rain Gardens

The entrance from Camberwell Road has been widened and access from Camberwell Road will be opened up.

03 - Burgess Park Camberwell Road Entrance

03 – Burgess Park Camberwell Road Entrance

The Ecological gardens, adjacent to St. George’s Way, are near completion. The majority of the hard landscape elements are in place, this will be followed shortly with the planting. There are granite sett bandings across the footpaths, these are in the locations of the former garden boundaries that used to be in existence in this part of the park.

04 - Burgess Park Ecological Gardens

04 – Burgess Park Ecological Gardens

The excavations to the lake enlargement have taken place, all the existing fish in the lake are still alive. These are in the section of the lake nearest the Old Kent Road.

05 - Burgess Park Lake (11/02/2012)

05 – Burgess Park Lake (11/02/2012)

The new bridge across the lake is complete.

06 - Burgess Park Lake Bridge (11/02/2012)

06 – Burgess Park Lake Bridge (11/02/2012)

‘Swims’ have been constructed to provide better facilities for local fishermen.

07 - Burgess Park Lake 'Swims' (11/02/2012)

07 – Burgess Park Lake ‘Swims’ (11/02/2012)

When works to the lake are complete water levels will be reinstated to their former level.

08 - Burgess Park Lake looking west (11/02/2012)

08 – Burgess Park Lake looking west (11/02/2012)

The Old Kent Road entrance has been ramped to provide better access to all members of the community.

09 - Burgess Park Old Kent Road Entrance (11/02/2012)

09 – Burgess Park Old Kent Road Entrance (11/02/2012)

A wet woodland is in the process of being created. This will receive runoff from the Great Lawn before it drains into the main lake.

10 - Burgess Park Wet Woodland (11/02/2012)

10 – Burgess Park Wet Woodland (11/02/2012)

The car park adjacent to Chumleigh Gardens is almost complete.

11 - Burgess Park Albany Road Car Park (11/02/2012)

11 – Burgess Park Albany Road Car Park (11/02/2012)

The playground area will be complete within the next seven weeks.

12 - Burgess Park Play Ground (11/02/2012)

12 – Burgess Park Play Ground (11/02/2012)

This is a panoramic view from the highest point in the park, quite a view of all London landmark buildings.

13 - Burgess Park Panoramic (11/02/2012)

13 – Burgess Park Panoramic (11/02/2012)

Davis Landscape Architecture

 

4 Responses to “Burgess Park Site Visit”

  1. Sam 04/03/2012 at 10:36 #

    Thanks a lot for posting these photos. I wanted to find out about whether things were on course for opening in March, and as expected, your site has more information and is more current than the Council website.

    I’m intrigued about the “unforeseen” causes of delays they have cited. Understandable dealing with people and existing buildings but I cannot imagine what has leapt out of the blue in the park.

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 04/03/2012 at 12:06 #

      No problem, I am an interested local who wanted to find out more about the park, so I thought I go along to the site visit to meet the contractors and council representatives. Unfortunately I do not have any more current information than what is on Southwark Councils website.

      I would suggest you contact the councils landscape architect Ruth Miller for the most up to date information. Ruth.Miller@southwark.gov.uk

  2. John 27/03/2012 at 09:03 #

    I think I heard there were some unforeseen underground works (old tanks or pipes or something) that slowed down the excavation work. But I,m not sure ,it would be good if the council could keep us more up to date. As a local resident I.m anxious for them to get a move on especially now the weathers getting better!

  3. Davis Landscape Architecture 27/03/2012 at 09:07 #

    Yes, as mentioned in this post they were due for completion in June 2012, I hope this still stands as it would be nice to use the park for this summer.

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