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Walthamstow Wetlands

Hidden away in North London, this sensitive and sympathetic restoration & renewal project transformed a private Thames Water reservoir network into a valuable public amenity space.

Location: London, UK
Architect: Kinnear Landscape Architects & Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Fabricator/ Contractor: Rooff Ltd.
Client: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Status: Completed
Project value: £8.7m
Image Credits: Heini Schneebeli

Walthamstow Wetlands

Completed 2017

Over several years from scheme design through to completion on site, Fred Miles provided structural engineering expertise for the Walthamstow Wetlands project whilst employed at Entuitive (formerly TALL Engineers). The client group comprised stakeholders from the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Thames Water and London Wildlife Trust, with the project funded partially by the HLF.

Dilapidated Victorian buildings on site, including the Grade II-listed Coppermill Tower, were re-purposed into a visitor centre and viewing platform, with an new 18m high brick chimney constructed as new landmark signage to the site.

In keeping with the industrial nature of the original buildings, the majority of the structural interventions were left exposed. The structure underwent bespoke design and development, resulting in a finely detailed and coordinated design which was curated carefully across the internal and external spaces of the site with the architect and landscape architect.
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