A planning application has been lodged for the revamp of Cutty Sark Gardens.
The proposals will make Cutty Sark Gardens an “attractive place to stay and a place to linger”, say Dutch designers, OKRA.
The designs include 6,540 sq m of new stone covering, less steps to a make it more pedestrian friendly, an interactive “wet floor” feature, clear cyclist route and green planters.
The interactive water element will be designed to mirror the tidal movements of the Thames – water flowing over the element when the tide is high and draining off when it is low.
A pre-application consultation on the plans was undertaken at the town centre pedestrianisation exhibition back in June of this year.
OKRA, who are partners on Croydon’s Wellesley Road and Parklane redevelopment project, describe as Cutty Sark Gardens as a “pioneering place with international allure” but go on to say, perhaps contradictorily, that “awareness that one of London’s most highest profile public squares is lacking in allure is becoming widespread”.
The “gardens” are part of the Mayor of London’s Great Spaces Initiative, and the council secured funding for the scheme as one of the key legacy projects for Greenwich resulting from being a Host Borough for London 2012.
Restoration work on the Cutty Sark itself – the centre piece of Cutty Sark Gardens – is due to complete sometime in 2011.