Rectory Farm

Rectory Farm

This large new public park will be part of a coordinated infrastructural masterplan to develop disused Green Belt farmland adjacent to Heathrow Airport. The project will develop a network of enormous subterranean spaces and will result from a phased mineral extraction of premium quality fluvial gravels from the ground. The extraction is estimated to provide the entire construction industry in central London with sustainable gravels for the next 25 years.

As such, the masterplan will be realised over several decades, although the 40 hectare park will be delivered within the first five years. The gravel extraction will take place discreetly beneath the park as a result of an innovative ‘top-down’ construction method.

The park will provide much needed recreational space for local communities, connecting some of the most impoverished neighbourhoods in Central London. The grading of the park topography will also provide significant acoustic attenuation from aircraft noise to the open spaces and surrounding housing.

Images: Forbes Massie

Rectory Farm
Rectory Farm