News / In Progress / Projects 30.05.23

Maylim to Transform Under-used Green Spaces at South Thamesmead

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Maylim has been appointed as the principal contractor for the South Thamesmead project in partnership with Peabody. The initiative aims to rejuvenate under-utilised walking routes in South Thamesmead, converting them into vibrant parkland and engaging play areas. The London Borough of Bexley has granted planning permission for the major landscaping works. This marks the final phase of the £3.9 million South Thamesmead Garden Estate program.

The project focuses on creating sustainable neighbourhoods that benefit both people and nature. The programme is designed by muf architecture/art in association with the Community Design Collective (CDC). The CDC has played an integral role in the South Thamesmead Garden Estate. Its involvement has helped shape the design by gathering feedback from local people and sharing their experiences living in Thamesmead.

Maylim commences work on the project in May 2023. The scheme includes landscaping at Abbey Way, with refurbished pathways, seating areas, cooking spaces, and various engaging landscapes. Maran Way will be transformed into a landscaped pedestrian route with new trees, rain gardens, and raised crossings for safety.

Additional enhancements comprise new lighting on pedestrian bridges and underpasses, refurbishment of The Cage (a multi-use games area), an upgrade to an existing playground, and the addition of outdoor classrooms and a bird hide at Southmere Lake.

The transformation of these walking routes into flourishing parkland and play areas signifies a significant milestone in South Thamesmead’s ongoing revitalisation efforts. Contributing to a European-funded project called CLEVER Cities, the South Thamesmead Garden Estate programme focuses on trying new ways to work with the community to create sustainable neighbourhoods that help people and nature to thrive.

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