South Thamesmead Garden Estate

The South Thamesmead Garden Estate is transforming underused open spaces into flourishing parkland and other welcoming areas.   

The first phase, which cost £3.9m, included new planting, lighting, play equipment and seating across the Parkview and Southmere estates. 

The second phase of the programme, which cost £4.48m, is currently underway. It includes: 

  • Improving the landscape around Abbey Way with refurbished pathways, planting, seating and cooking areas  

  • Creating a landscaped pedestrian route at Maran Way, complete with new trees, rain gardens and three raised crossings for pedestrians  

  • Adding new lighting on some pedestrian bridges and the underpass connecting Maran Way with Abbey Way  

  • Refurbishing the Cage, a multi-use games area close to Abbey Way, and upgrade an existing playground 

The South Thamesmead Garden Estate contributes to a European-funded research programme called CLEVER Cities.

The first phase of the programme was designed by LUC and Levitt Bernstein. The second phase of the programme was designed by muf architecture/art in association with the Community Design Collective (CDC).

The CDC is a group of local residents who were recruited to work part-time on the programme, and who are being paid the London Living Wage. 

Download the South Thamesmead Garden Estate booklet

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