Aveley Marsh was the first in a group of projects realized by Landroom for London's Inner Thames Marshes. Landscape conservation and public access infrastructure was designed in close collaboration with ecologists and water management experts. Details of the works at Aveley Marshes can be found |here|.
Working with architecture and landscape, Landroom has created a body of work marked by a sensitivity to places ‘as found’. The nature reserve on the Thames marshes at Rainham was awarded a special mention in the European Prize for Urban Public Space. More details |here|.
The Trackway is a major new bridge|walkway linking Rainham village to the Thames-side marshes. This new link is a key part of the wider public access works across the Inner Thames Marshes at Rainham. Landroom's conservation and access work on the marshes was awarded a special mention in the European Prize for Urban Public Space .
A suite of information boards has been designed for the path network at Rainham. The vitreous enamel signs including maps, and information on the history and wildlife of the marshes are mounted on weathering steel support stands. These complement the wayfinding signage designed by Landroom in collaboration with Studio Frith.
AA files no.66 includes an article by Irénée Scalbert featuring an extensive section on recent work on East London's marshes, illustrated by Landroom's projects at Rainham. Landroom's work here includes a teaching base for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at their reserve at Purfleet.
This teaching base, the Marshland Discovery Zone, received an RIBA national award in May 2011, and was shortlisted for the RIBA's Stephen Lawrence Special Award. The buildings provide a base for the reserve's teaching programme, hosting hundreds of schoolchildren each season. Further detail on the project can be found |here|.
The latest works completed include new wetlands, paths, boardwalks, bridges, and livestock management infrastructure. The new path link to the river and the new paths and boardwalk north of A13 are now open to free public access. Cattle are now grazing on the west part of the marsh for the first time in over twenty years. Details on the access work for Rainham Marshes can be found |here|.
Slack Nature was the second workshop held at Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in October 2012. The intensive 10 day programme for Landscape Architecture students focused on forms of site description and documentation of time-based physical processes. Large format black and white photography and one to one scale drawing were the principle means of description for this collaborative project. Follow-up workshops were held in October 2013 and 2014. Details of other photographic documentary work can be found |here|.