Crayford Waterside Gardens
Crayford Waterside Gardens
Crayford Waterside Gardens
Crayford Waterside Gardens

London Borough of Bexley

Crayford Waterside Gardens

Location

London Borough of Bexley


Services

Public art competition winner

Public realm

Riverside park

Bespoke street furniture design

Water play – splash park



Crayford’s Waterside Gardens provide a landmark community park and public realm overlooking the River Cray. With funding from the Homes & Communities Agency, the park was landscaped and modernised between 2009 and 2011, rejuvenating a previously underused space. 

The park is designed to celebrate Crayford’s industrial history, set within with striking modern forms depicting the  silk screen printing, represented by the David Evans prints and the production of arms and armaments, notably the Vickers Vimmy.  

The footbridge and liberty entrance now lead passers-by towards a sculptural pavilion, an interactive water feature, a coffee shop with sun terrace and a performance space with amphitheatre seating. The park is now an important and inspirational space for everyone to enjoy and gives the town centre a perfect focal point. The project has also inspired complementary works at Tannery Gardens and Shenstone Park, which have helped illustrate the many aspects of Crayford’s industrial history in vivid detail.

Crayford Waterside Gardens was undertaken with our late partner, Landscape Architect and artist, David Buurma. It was opened by Boris Johnson in June 2009. 

Councillor Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration said: “This project has created an attractive place for residents and shoppers of all ages to visit, while improving trade for local businesses at the same time…It was delightful to see the children playing in the water feature as soon as it was switched on.”

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