Metis’s engineering design team, in collaboration with Eurovia Contracting and Transport for London (TfL), was tasked with revitalising Braham Street Park in East London to create a lasting tribute to London’s transport workers who tragically lost their lives to coronavirus.
To design a beautiful area to commemorate these workers, our aim was to enhance the park’s aesthetics, upgrade street lighting, address drainage concerns, and introduce new elements such as a feature cherry blossom tree.
Keep reading to learn more about how we approached this important project and the results we achieved.
Our collaboration with TfL’s engineering team led to a refined design plan. TfL brought forward the initial concept and material selections, while we worked on tailoring the design specifics and crafting detailed engineering drawings.
We took on diverse elements, focusing on areas like the placement of large granite units along the park’s western side, paving, lighting, and landscaping. By joining forces with a lighting designer, we successfully ensured aesthetic harmony throughout the park.
Handling drainage issues
During the project, we encountered a collapsed surface sewer on the park’s northern side, necessitating a significant revision of the drainage design. Navigating through a maze of underground cables, we installed 40 meters of new pipe, created an alternative route over the problematic section, and added new cables to resolve the issue.
Park features and installations
As part of the park’s transformation, we introduced new Yorkstone paving throughout the entire space, facilitating a cohesive pedestrian plaza. A specially designed memorial area, accentuated with architecturally detailed granite setts, offers a tranquil spot for reflection.
Custom granite blocks, paired with recessed wooden benches, now line the refreshed green spaces, adding a unique character to the park, while a cherry blossom tree elevates the park’s ambiance.
Complementing these visual enhancements, we implemented a new drainage system, improved lighting, and brought in a rich variety of soft landscaping elements, including additional trees, shrubs, and flowers.
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