The Landscape Guide

Royal Docks landscape

Gillespies prepared a landscape strategy for the docks in the early 1980s and were then retained as consultants. Bill Gillespies' idea of using wind-powered pumps as dramatic features, to replace the old cranes, was not adopted. But a landscape infrastructure was created beside the new roads and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Docklands Airport was made on land between the dock basins and new public spaces were created to the north. Rick Rowbotham (of LDC) designed the Market Square which received a design award from the Landscape Institute in 1997. It is well proportioned and has a dramatically effective tromp l'oil paving pattern. Access from Connaught Road or Docklands Airport.

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