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Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Reservoirs are typical of the postindustrial patchwork of green space and infrastructure that characterise the Lea Valley. With limited public access for their 150 year history, the reservoirs have a unique engineered landscape; industrial heritage and ecological value - strikingly removed both physically and mentally from the adjacent dense urban populations. Stakeholders united over a shared vision of opening the Reservoirs to public access and reconnecting to the Valley, however tensions existed between this vision and protection of designated species within London’s main water supply. 

The multidisciplinary team led by Kinnear Landscape Architects objectives were:

- A Green core and main route to absorb large numbers of visitors. The route was envisaged as a landscape that extends through and up buildings linking entrances, creating elevated points and revealing the whole Lea Valley landscape

- Welcoming entrances that encounter or cross water to encourage visitors to change their pace and develop behaviour required for an urban nature reserve. 

- An ecological vision for transformative long term objectives such as reed beds to support breeding bittern populations as well as mitigating the visual impact of increased visitors on birds.

- Embracing the industrial aesthetic of the site and repurposing industrial artifacts as manmade ecology

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Colaboradores
Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Studio Dekka
BSG Ecology
Entuitive
Jackson Coles
P3R
Cinns
Polimekanos
Año de concepción del proyecto
2013
Año de finalización de la obra
2017
Coste (€/m²) ($/m²) (€/ha) ($/ha)
€371,555/ha
Categoria premio
Regeneration
Subcategoria premio
Reserves naturals i Itineraris
Superficie
211 ha
Tipo de cliente
Administració pública
Nombre cliente
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Empresa constructora
Rooff
Gestor de mantenimiento de la obra
Thames Water
Costes de mantenimento (€/m²)
€36,936 per year for the site's outdoor spaces
Dirección
walthamstow wetlands
Ciudad / Emplazamiento
london
Región
london
País
Reino Unido