Springfield Park wins planning
27.1.2016 | C.F. Møller has gained planning permission for the Park Strategy at Springfield University Hospital, in Tooting, London, following extensive consultation with Wandsworth Council, local residents, community representatives, and the hospitals staff and patients.
The new 13 ha park offers a varied new environment promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing in the whole community. It will open up the green space at Springfield for everyone to use - not least the patients and staff.
Combining familiar London-features with new urban nature
The proposed design ties together the Park with the local environs and the greater green corridors of southwest London. Social inclusion, habitat creation, climate resilience and water management and functional programs are tied to the connecting links that anchor the park in the local area and its infrastructure, as well as enhancing the setting of the site's two listed buildings, heritage parks and gardens.
A broad range of open spaces, gardens and facilities are incorporated to ensure this park supports a range of relaxation and recreation activities for everyone to enjoy, including woodland and wetland wildlife areas enhancing biodiversity, open lawns with space for sporting activities, play areas, fitness trails, Contemplative formal gardens and an open-air amphitheatre opportunities for arts and cultural events.
Development of the strategy for Springfield Park involved detailed consultation on the proposals, carried out in the summer of 2015. This included meetings with local stakeholders and community groups, a series of workshops, a public exhibition, and information displays at community venues. Over 1,900 responses to the public consultation were received. All feedback was taken into consideration to incorporate local views into the strategy for the park.
The new Springfield Park will be developed in two phases from 2017-2023, coordinated with the masterplan for the adjacent residential development and the transformation and expansion of the mental health hospital, which C.F. Møller is also responsible for. The client is South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.