Walthamstow Wetlands

Public realm lighting design, ongoing.

Walthamstow Reservoir is being transformed into a distinctive urban wetland nature reserve and centre for learning that is unprecedented in size in London. Recast as Walthamstow Wetlands, the site will open in 2017 and give visitors free access to its natural, industrial and social heritage in one of the capital’s most diverse and populous urban areas.

The ten reservoirs that make up this 211 hectare site are nationally and internationally recognised as significant for wildlife, particularly overwintering wildfowl. They constitute the largest fishery in London and will continue to be an operational water supply site for Thames Water. The £8.7M project is being led by the London Borough of Waltham Forest in partnership with Thames Water and key stakeholders including Environment Agency, Natural England and the Greater London Authority.

Studio Dekka have been commissioned to provide the public realm and exterior architectural lighting design for the renovated Marine Engine House. Our key consideration is balancing the requirements of the sensitive natural environment with an increased number of visitors. Work is currently on site and is due for completion in 2016.

With Kinnear Landscape Architects and Witherford Watson Mann for London Borough of Waltham Forest.