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.
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