Slade gardens

Area: 475m2
Status: Planning
Type: Community
Client: Slade Gardens Community Play Association
In 1944 a flying bomb hit houses in Stockwell, London. Killing 11 people, the damage led to the formation of Slade Gardens which became the site for a much loved adventure playground.

This small but important park sits at the junction of three electoral wards representing diverse communities and an important historic conservation area. Conceived as a highly flexible community space, the hub contains the core activities of the Adventure Playground and the One O’clock Club. In addition, these facilities can be combined to create a multi-function space available for an inclusive range of community, cultural and social functions. A café is proposed to serve and enliven the wider park and help generate revenue. Sustainable and inventive, the scheme uses exposed concrete construction, timber, green walls and an accessible biodiverse roof, resulting in a low carbon development which emerges from the landscape. To ensure viability and enable the project to be self-funding, the application includes the development of a single house containing two maisonettes in the style of one of the houses lost in 1944.