Contractors are back at Mountsfield Park play area retrofitting drainage/ land drains to reduce the quantity of standing water, so that the Lewisham Council can reopen the play space. Mountsfield Park play area has been closed for 6 months (approx). The new sand play area hasn’t been included during current drainage works, which will mean that it will be soggy during wetter months. Will the drainage swale be retained within the the play area?
Mountsfield Park play area retrofitted land drain March 2015. (Note that the play area gates open inwards, which might mean that dogs that are off the lead could push their way into the space)
Mountsfield Park play area retrofitted land drain March 2015 (Note that the litter bin right of the bench isn’t the fox proof type used elsewhere in the Borough’s parks and green spaces)
Mountsfield Park – waterlogged sand play area and surrounding grassland March 2015. Surrounding grass within play area likely to become very muddy during wetter months.
Mountsfield Park play area drainage swale excavated into impermeable clay March 2015. Retrospective drainage has been included, but may not be fully effective in the long term.
Drainage design issue at Mountsfield Park play area that has so far prevented Lewisham Council from being reopened. Without effective drainage the play space can’t reopen, which is why land drains are currently being installed by the contractors. Installation of sufficient drainage during initial construction phase would have been far more cost effective when compared to retrofitting land drains, and the play area would have been completed and open in January/February 2015.
BDP – Mountsfield Park play area designer
Loughman – Mountsfield Park play area contractor
Lewisham Council Mountsfileld Park play area client