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Work starts on Hatcham Gardens transformation

Works have started on the London Development Agency's plans to turn an open space in New Cross into a shining example of modern public parkland.

Hatcham Gardens, in the Kender Triangle in south-east London, is to undergo a complete overhaul as part of the Mayor's Great Spaces programme. The renovation will see the existing patches of tarmac and fencing stripped away and replaced with 50 newly-planted trees. This will open up the space and create a welcoming public garden that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

The renovation of the park will see a new canopy created by carefully selected Albazia trees, newly laid surface, a new public drinking fountain, extra furniture and new play equipment. The Gardens will also have a variety of play items, including a giant sandpit, chess tables, large benches, a ping pong table and a dog enclosure.

The Great Spaces programme is part of the Mayor's overall vision for transforming the capital's public spaces, 'London's Great Outdoors'. The three-year plan sets out his commitment to champion the improvement of public spaces in London, ensuring that they help improve the quality of life in the capital.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

"The Great Outdoors programme will create a network of well designed and enticing public spaces across the capital, increasing London's popularity as a place to live in, visit and invest. When completed Hatcham Gardens will be transformed into a modern oasis for New Cross residents where they can relax on new benches under shaded canopies with the added benefit of a new drinking fountain. These simple changes will create a more inviting and safe atmosphere for locals and visitors alike."

London Development Agency Group Director for Design, Development and Environment Peter Bishop said:

"Well designed public spaces can define an entire area. These changes to Hatcham Gardens will set a new benchmark for modern parks – a Great Space of which we can all be proud. It will appeal to young and old and encourage local people to enjoy their great outdoors."

The works are being done by the construction company Skanska, who are also working on the re-organisation of the Kender Triangle roads, where Transport for London are replacing the current gyratory with two-way traffic.

Skanska's Contracts Director Gerry Curran said:

"Skanska are delighted to be partnering the London Development Agency, the London Borough of Lewisham and East in the re-modelling of Hatcham Gardens to create a more accessible amenity for the local community."

Hatcham Gardens is part of the Deptford to New Cross Links project, one of the Mayor's Great Spaces. Commissioned by Design for London and the London Borough of Lewisham, the new design has been drawn up by designers East after consultation with local people, including children at the local Kender primary school, which borders Hatcham Gardens.