‘This is such an integral part of the regeneration of the whole area,’ says Morgan. ‘Our intention was to create a green space which will become an identifiable landmark and somewhere which glues together the various architectural forms found around each of the Nine Elms developments.’
From play areas to water features via newly commissioned art, including a provocative piece by Sarah Lucas, Linear Park creates a rural experience in the centre of a city, plus, in the words of Morgan, ‘a corridor for local wildlife and a conduit for rain water’.
Embassy Gardens will benefit from a large portion of Linear Park, which will snake through the development from Vauxhall towards Battersea. Dotted along its length you’ll find resting areas, green spaces and squares. Morgan says: ‘Everything’s been thought of here and we’ve ensured that all uses can be accommodated. Even pop-up markets and festivals.’
In 2012, London-based charity Thrive, which uses gardening to support and empower people with disabilities, launched Battersea Park’s Old English Garden a short walk from Linear Park. The fragrance company Jo Malone Limited and Chelsea Flower Show and landscape architect Sarah Price worked together to create a walled garden the Telegraph calls ‘a pleasure to be in’.
Huw Morgan, also a strong supporter of the idea that nature can help us overcome mental and physical illness, has worked with Ballymore and EcoWorld again recently. He has designed green areas of Wardian, a development inspired by the rare plants and trees first transported to London in Wardian cases during the British Empire.