London is already home to nearly eight and a half million people, and as number of people living and working in the city grows, its leisure spaces become even more crucial to alleviate the intensity of urban life. Current leisure spaces are already in high demand, and in light of the city's continuous population growth there there is a clear mandate for all large developable spaces to include new leisure spaces for the city. Hosting over 800 planned new residences, a burgeoning business area and the state of the art Ravensbourne College, Greenwich Peninsula needs a large leisure area. The Greenwich Peninsula West Strategic Development Site is a major opportunity to provide this amenity, not only for the local environment but also - since it is easily reachable by public transport and by car - for Greater London.
To maximise the site’s potential, the new development is envisaged as a "museum of parks"- a collection of themed parks that complement one another and together, act as a major new leisure attraction for London. It combines Greenwich Peninsula's local heritage of "making" at its digital offices and rapid prototyping workshops, "learning" at its state-of-the-art Ravensbourne College and training facilities, and "playing" at the various recreational areas connected to the Thames. Designed as an accessible pedestrian landscape constructed over an extensive parking podium, it hosts a diverse mix of uses which tie into local adjacencies and are anchored in a new water-park on the Thames. With its operable enclosure allowing year-round usage, the new water-park would become a much needed amenity for Londoners.