An ambitious £12m regeneration scheme was to see the park in Bow restored to its former glory ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Two stone parapets are situated in the east of the park that were once part of old London Bridge, and were brought to the park in 1860. The seating that had been installed in them had rotted away and Branson Leisure was to replace this, by fixing new modern yet comfortable seating into the holes that remained in the stonework . A rustic X-shaped bench situated under a shelter in the west of the park had also fallen into disrepair and was required to be reproduced.
Branson manufactured the parapet seating to precise dimensions, allowing it to be installed level on an uneven site that included a front-to-back fall of 100mm. Branson helped to tweak the design of the X-shaped bench to improve vandal resistance, and strength and aesthetics, and to prevent rubbish and dirt from building up in back-to-back seating joints.
Branson Leisure’s bespoke work has contributed to the historic restoration of the Victoria Park. The amenity has been rejuvenated and is again a part of the fabric of the community, and available to be enjoyed by a wide range of user groups.