Two major new parks in the London Borough of Enfield; Brooks Park and Edmonton Marshes will become the primary green spaces within the 80-hectare Meridian Water development.

Brooks Park plan

Photograph of 1:200 scale model of Brooks Park

The Meridian Water site is one of the last ‘grey’ gaps in the Lea Valley Regional Park, requiring extensive remediation and flood alleviation works before development can begin. The two parks play a key role in managing flooding, returning this site to the wider Lea Valley network, and providing new ecologies and recreation space. We were commissioned by Enfield Council to deliver detailed design and planning applications for both parks.

Collage of Brooks Park promontories

Aerial photograph of River Lea channels

Brooks Park will provide a new 2-hectare, public riverine park, connecting Tottenham Marshes to heart of Meridian Water, with meandering river walks, natural play spaces and ecological areas. Designing the park around the naturalised Pymms Brook creates a wide range of habitats for river flora and fauna as well as a mosaic of woodland, grassland and seasonal wet meadow. These naturalistic environments and elements of the industrial past create a unique sense of place grounded in its history.

Collage of Salmons Brook 'in-channel' ecological connection

We worked closely with ARUP specialists, the Environment Agency and Enfield Council’s SUD’s team to address the site’s contamination and poor ecological value and the need to manage river and rain water in the parks. Both landscapes are designed to flood, celebrating the theatre of the water’s edge.

Photograph of 1:200 scale model of Brooks Park

A new 6.4-hectare publicly accessible park, Edmonton Marshes incorporates a number of infrastructure elements including existing electricity pylons and the canalised river edge. Flood management earthworks establish the future parkland planting and habitats, and a series of new routes across the park and along the Lea waterfront create urban connections. These retained and proposed components link the park into its industrial context, while the Marshes design strategy offers an adaptable framework for future communities to use in the coming decades.

The project was submitted for detailed planning consent in July 2019.

Edmonton Marshes plan