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Alexandra Road Park

Unique modernist sculpted linear park, integral to the iconic Alexandra Road housing estate. The innovative landscape design with series of outdoor 'rooms' has now been restored. Original Tenants Hall overlooking park also open, with information about the estate and park.

Architect

Janet Jack/Neave Brown/J&L Gibbons/Erect Architecture

Date

1979/2015.

Langtry Walk/Rowley Way, NW8 0SW

Sat 10am-5pm. Hourly tours departing Tenants Hall. Max 25 per tour.

Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead

South Hampstead

139, 189, 31, 46, 13

  • Partial disabled
  • Refreshments available
  • Regularly open to the public at no charge
  • Toilets available

ALEXANDRA ROAD PARK AND TENANTS HALL Alexandra Road Park is a neighbourhood public park, located in the heart of the Alexandra and Ainsworth community. It forms a green oasis in a built up urban area of inner London, and is a rare and highly acclaimed example of late 20th Century landscape design. The park area is 4 acres including footpaths (of which 3 acres are the only Designated Open Space on the estate). An important aspect of the park is that it is at the centre (and designed in conjunction with) the wider landscape of the 16.2 acre Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, with the park connecting to several adjacent plaza spaces, which create entrance areas connecting it to the wider estate. The park, an east-west swathe of green space between two long blocks of the estate was designed by Janet Jack (1972-8) in conjunction with Neave Brown’s new housing. The park cannot be uncoupled from the housing and together they are a highly valued example of landscaping and architecture from the period of rebuilding (1960s/70s) of post-war London. The Tenants Hall has a growing number of activities from yoga classes to judo, a new tenants run food cooperative, bee keeping , dawn chorus walks, community picnics, an annual firework display plus lots more. The TRA is also busy representing residents in various ways _ keeping the council on its toes in terms of repairs, improving the park area, organising events. The value of the park’s original design to the community goes beyond the fundamental concern for heritage: the community has given overwhelming support to retain and rejuvenate the original character of the landscape and is leading several initiatives to implement this vision. Members of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) in collaboration with officers from Camden Council (collectively, The Alexandra Road Park Group) succeeded in gaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop full plans for the regeneration of the park.