TQ3277 : Autumn in Burgess Park

taken 2 years ago, near to Camberwell, Southwark, Great Britain

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Autumn in Burgess Park
Autumn in Burgess Park
An image taken in Burgess Park on a November day. Leaves were turning red and gold, and falling from the trees.

In the background, scaffolding surrounds a block of flats which formed part of the Aylesbury Estate. The block will soon be demolished.

To the left of the image, The Shard is just visible.
Burgess Park :: TQ3377

Burgess Park, in inner South East London, is unusual as it is a large park created on a "brownfield" site.

The area was previously occupied by streets, houses and light industry as well as a branch of the Surrey Canal. Plans to create a park here started in the 1940s. At the time, there was very little green open space in this part of inner city London.

The park gradually grew, but in rather haphazard fashion with decaying, abandoned roads still cutting into the park. In 2011-2012 the park closed for about a year so that major work could be done to regenerate the park.

Aylesbury Estate :: TQ3378

Further south in Walworth than the Heygate Estate, the Aylesbury was an even more ambitious scale of urban redevelopment. Its many long medium-rise blocks, constructed from 1963 to 1977 were intended to house 10,000 people in an area of around 28 hectares. They replaced streets of mainly 19th century low-rise housing. Designed by Hans Peter Trenton, the design philosophy of the estate was to keep housing above ground level, with raised walkways connecting the buildings and only cars and services at ground level.

By 1990 problems of crime, anti-social behaviour and a failed district heating system made the estate an undesirable place to live. In 2005 it was decided to redevelop the area again with a mix of up to 50% "affordable" housing. The reconstruction will take about 20 years.

Source: LinkExternal link

The Shard at London Bridge :: TQ3280

A 72-storey office building and hotel, constructed from 2009-2012 as the centre of the London Bridge Quarter development on the South bank of the Thames. The skyscraper is, at 310m tall, for a while the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. It is the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom after the 1,084 ft (330.4m) Emley Moor transmitting station.

The tower was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and cost 450 million. The Government of Qatar financed the building and its Prime Minister declared it open on 5 July 2012. It opened to the public in February 2013.

For views of and from the Shard after opening, see LinkExternal link

The official website is LinkExternal link

See also the Wikipedia entry at LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Sunday, 10 November, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Season (from Tags)
Place (from Tags)
South East London  Burgess Park 
Near (from Tags)
Walworth  Peckham  Camberwell 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3267 7758 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.8974N 0:5.4490W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3266 7757
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Autumn Tree Colours  Autumn Trees  Autumn Colour  Autumn Tree Colour  Autumn Colours  Park 

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