Burgess Park

Southwark, London

Drawing on the inherent logic from the urban grain to create an order within the context was the starting point for our proposals for Burgess Park in South London. The park’s length suggested a dominant armature, crossed obliquely by the canal, which informed a series of diagonal cuts across the main axis.

This geometry established a basic grain which Patel Taylor in collaboration with Allain Provost developed into a patina of spaces for different uses, such as sports, fishing, allotments, play or contemplation. The combination of activities, topography and connections into the urban surroundings gives an entirely new identity, and with vastly improved amenities it greatly raises values in the neighbourhood.