The Rickyard, a new learning centre for Walpole Park in Ealing, is a £650k building in the park designed by Jestico + Whiles. It contains a classroom, public facilities, a cafe kiosk, park staff office and support facilities for park maintenance staff. The park was originally the grounds of architect Sir John Soane’s country manor, Pitzhanger Manor.
The £2.6m park works were funded by HLF Parks for People and Ealing Council. The objective of the project was to de-municipalise the park and recreate the regency landscape that would have existed in Soane’s time. The work included the renovation of the rustic bridge, reinstating the Serpentine lake and Soane’s shrubbery walk to revitalise and enhance elements of the original eighteenth century landscape.
This was the first part of a larger programme of improvements to the park, to re-create elements of the original eighteenth century landscaping. The same team is also working on the restoration of Pitzhanger Manor, a Grade I listed building.
Client London Borough of Ealing
Architect Jestico + Whiles
Structural and Civil Engineer Ellis and Moore
Landscape Architect J & L Gibbons
Environmental Design Kings Shaw Associates
Thanks to Jestico + Whiles for the text and photos.