Aerial view of restored wetlands and new public access paths. image credit Storm Photography.
project-type . access, landscape conservation . client . London Borough of Havering . date . 2007_11 . value . £1,200,000 . status . complete
Designs for public access elements across Rainham marsh were developed through detailed studies of individual paths and landscape features. These studies drew on analysis of the historic landscape structures and current landscape character of the site. The project creates a new public access path linking Rainham village directly to the Thames waterfront, wayfinding signage, seating, interpretive elements and informal play areas.
Design judgements were guided throughout by a review of hydrological and ecological conditions and close consultation with the RSPB, Natural England, and the Environment Agency. This informed the final choice of path route, an integrated solution which takes advantage of opportunities for habitat creation and water management across this part of Rainham marsh.
Southern section of the marsh | new public paths integrated with extensive areas of wet grassland. image credit Storm Photography.
Visitor group on new boardwalk set within restored reedbeds.
Thames link path | portland stone bench laid on a bed of reclaimed concrete railway sleepers.
Culvert crossing point | gabions and estate fencing beside restored watercourses.
Outlook point close to Aveley bay | paved with reclaimed concrete railway sleepers, benches in oak and weathering steel.
New concrete vehicle bridge used for cattle management.
Precast concrete footbridge on the Thames link path.
New 'soft' path close to the western entrance to the marshes.
Restored grazing marsh, with new ditch and stock fencing.
Portland stone yardmaker records firing position of former artillery ranges | typography by Studio Frith.
New path signage | weathering steel with cutout lettering | typography by Studio Frith.