A £120,000 landscaping project has been completed at the Lancaster Estate, improving shared open spaces around the area.
The estate located in Blackfriars now includes new “natural” play equipment and a sustainable urban drainage system.
Residents worked with Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) and Southwark Council on the project, which is one of the first to be completed under the council’s new Great Estates programme.
Funding came from Section 106 money from the nearby Blackfriars Circus by developers Barratt, and follows an investment of £150,000 into play equipment and landscaping in the Peabody Blackfriars estate on the west side of the development in 2017.
Charlotte Gilsenan, CEO at BOST, said: “Bankside Open Spaces Trust was delighted to work on improving the outside space at the Lancaster Estate. The attendance and feedback from the Community Fun Day to formally launch the new space was a great success, with approximately 200 local residents attending.
“We will soon be starting up a Lancaster Gardening Club with local residents. This will provide a great opportunity for the community to get outdoors and be active, meet others and take on the crucial role in supporting us to maintain and care for the outside space at the Lancaster Estate.”
Councillor Leo Pollak, cabinet member at Southwark Council for social regeneration, great estates and new council homes, said: “The new landscaping and gardening area at Lancaster Estate is a great example of estate residents working with local community organisations to make beautiful and prized new shared spaces on their estate, as well as demonstrating how funding from nearby development can help support an uplift in everyone's living environment.”
Stephen Thompson, managing director at Barratt East London, said: “Supporting communities in the areas we are building is a huge priority for us and it’s great to see such a fantastic space already being put to good use. I hope it will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”
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