A park in Deptford has been christened as London’s Best New Public Space – its third prestigious award in the span of a year.
Margaret McMillan Park was unanimously hailed by judges for its redevelopment project which has transformed a small green space that used to serve as a commuter shortcut into a meeting space complete with lighting and seats and an area designated for kids.
The award scheme is jointly run by the Mayor of London, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and all London Councils. Previously, the park had been recognised by the Civic Trust and Local Government News.
Lewisham Council, in conjunction with landscape architects BDP, has transformed Margaret McMillan Park by installing new lighting, seating, plants and sculptures, along with new equipment in the children’s play area. Several large shrubs have been removed from the entrances and the main footpath has been straightened, allowing users to see across the park more easily.
The park is part of a 3km long network of open spaces between Deptford and New Cross Gate which the Council has revitalised over recent years, and marks the start of a long-term programme designed to enhance walking and cycling routes in the north of the borough.