Beam Parklands

Beam Parklands, a new 53ha park for east London, is helping to regenerate a deprived area by linking fragmented communities to the unique natural environment of the valuable green space. The partnership brought together to deliver the scheme, comprising the Environment Agency, Land Trust, and the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering.

Throughout the timeline of the project, adding value by both client and consultant landscape architects has been a consistent theme. In 2008 the Environment Agency developed and approved a business case for the Beam Parklands project, in collaboration with the developing Beam Partnership and the Land Restoration Trust as it was then known. Initially a concept plan was developed by the EA landscape architects which contained key project principles related to conserving and enhancing the natural and man-made heritage, restoring the rivers and floodplains, reducing flood risk, improving access for a diverse range of users and working closely with all members of the local communities in order to regenerate this part of East London.


  • Project Name

    Beam Parklands

  • Location

    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

  • Category

    Brownfield, commercial and industrial

  • Landscape Architect

    Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

  • Client

    Environmental Agency -Southeast

  • Brief

    Beam Parklands is a network of public open spaces and other greenspace at the confluence of the River Beam and the Wantz Stream in East London. The project aimed topromote the opportunity for the restoration and enhancement of the wider network of green infrastructure.

  • Awards

    Winner, LI Awards 2013, Adding Value through Landscape


  • Project Team

    Some of the team members include: NEAS Environmental; Arup; Environmental Agency; Land Trust; London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Partner: Greater London Authority – Design for London; Contractor: Birse (civils); Landscape contractor: UPM Tillhill (now part of Ground Control); Funder: Environment Agency; Funder: European Regional Development Fund; Funder: Homes & Communities Agency; Funder: Veolia; Funder: Play England;

  • Year Completed


  • Project Size

    53 hectares


  • Planting

    acid grassland reeds,ponds reed beds, meadows wet fen wet woodland

  • Materials

    WWII pill box; resurfaced pathways

  • Contractors

    Birse (civils)

  • Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

    Registered Practice - (21 + Employees)
  • Approximate Map Location


    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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