Royal Docks – Albert Island, campus

The topical Royal Docks ideas competition launched by the Landscape Institute and Eco-build welcomed a wealth of design proposals to transform the world’s largest docks into a world class, sustainable location. Albert Island, located at the eastern end of the Royal Docks, has great potential to bring significant new activity to the River Thames.

We proposed an inspiring water-sensitive solution to transform the redundant urban landscape into something quite unique. A sustainable urban park to emphasise our relationship with water, inspired by the history and heritage of maritime London will interweave green infrastructure with water sensitive urban design to create a contemporary 21st century exemplar.

Our vision was to create a new landmark – The Broadwalk is an exciting and innovative river walk that will create strong links with the expanding communities. It will encompass a wide variety of green infrastructure including floating islands and water gardens to echo historic outline of Albert Island.

The aim is to imbed green infrastructure and sustainable drainage into the blueprint of a 21st century city park. Albert Island’s focus is a destination playscape for natural innovative play that will be a magnet for families and young people. Wet willow swales provide a protective landscape for biomass harvesting and willow weaving allow the swales to be hard working in addition to providing a variety of wildlife habitats.

We were shortlisted to the final 20 and featured in a public exhibition at Ecobuild alongside extensive coverage of our proposals in the architectural press

Royal Docks

Royal Docks – Albert Island, campus

Royal Docks

The topical Royal Docks ideas competition launched by the Landscape Institute and Eco-build welcomed a wealth of design proposals to transform the world’s largest docks into a world class, sustainable location. Albert Island, located at the eastern end of the Royal Docks, has great potential to bring significant new activity to the River Thames.

We proposed an inspiring water-sensitive solution to transform the redundant urban landscape into something quite unique. A sustainable urban park to emphasise our relationship with water, inspired by the history and heritage of maritime London will interweave green infrastructure with water sensitive urban design to create a contemporary 21st century exemplar.

Our vision was to create a new landmark – The Broadwalk is an exciting and innovative river walk that will create strong links with the expanding communities. It will encompass a wide variety of green infrastructure including floating islands and water gardens to echo historic outline of Albert Island.

The aim is to imbed green infrastructure and sustainable drainage into the blueprint of a 21st century city park. Albert Island’s focus is a destination playscape for natural innovative play that will be a magnet for families and young people. Wet willow swales provide a protective landscape for biomass harvesting and willow weaving allow the swales to be hard working in addition to providing a variety of wildlife habitats.

We were shortlisted to the final 20 and featured in a public exhibition at Ecobuild alongside extensive coverage of our proposals in the architectural press

Royal Docks Albert Yard Collage

“It was important that our proposal reflected the rich maritime heritage of the London Docklands location. We were excited to take on the challenge to find a sustainable urban drainage solution for the site. The waterside position of Albert Island presented a number of initial constraints for us which in turn inspired unique design solutions for the landscape.”

— Emma Gibson
Landscape Architect, B|D Landscape Architects

Royal Docks Albert Yard Collage Close
Royal Docks Albert Yard Plan Close Up
Royal Docks Albert Yard Render