Published: 14 February 2022
Planning permission has been granted for works to improve Riverside Gardens, one of Erith’s most important riverside spaces.
The improvements have been developed by Erect Architecture in partnership with the local community. Groundwork, who specialise in community engagement, organised a number of public events and feedback from these identified four themes that guide the new design of the Gardens:
The improvements will make the Gardens more accessible, with new planting and places to play and rest, and with easier connections to the riverside.
Councillor Munur, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Growth said:
“The approved design for Riverside Gardens will make the most of a unique space on the Thames with a rich history. Together with the improvements to Pier Square the proposal will ensure the river plays an important part in the regeneration of Erith”
The consented scheme can be viewed on the Planning Portal under the code 21/02449/FULM as part of the planning application.
The works are due to begin in early summer ’22 and will last for approximately 6 months. The Thames Path will be kept open for public access for as long as possible during the build and if the path needs to be closed for short periods of time to allow for construction then a diversion would be put in place.
A new ramp will make the route between the gardens and the Thames Path accessible for all users, while the reconfiguration of ground levels will make it easier to move around within the gardens and provide better views across the River Thames.
A new playground will be created based on a design that relates to the history of the Gardens and the town, and outdoor fitness equipment will be provided on the riverside terrace. New planting, including a dedicated growing space for the Friends of Riverside Gardens, will increase biodiversity and improve drainage in the Gardens and along Erith High Street.
The improvements at Riverside Gardens are part of the wider Greater Erith programme. The project is being funded by the London Borough of Bexley and the Greater London Authority through the Good Growth Fund.
Editor’s note: High resolution versions of visualisations will be available on request.