The London Borough of Hackney commissioned a design team led by JSA to develop a series of proposals for the restoration of Springfield Park in the Stamford Hill area of the borough. The park occupies a strategic location above the River Lea and has a rich history going back to the Romano-British era.

London Borough of Hackney

March 2014 to April 2016

Project Objectives

The client’s over-arching objective was to secure a grant from the NLHF for the restoration of Springfield Park. JSA led a design team that included architects, quantity surveyors, archaeologists, ecologists and engagement specialists. JSA authored the application to the HLHF which resulted in the award of a £3.5 million grant in 2015. JSA were subsequently commissioned to develop RIBA 2 and 3 design and a Conservation Plan to support the submission of a Round 2 pass by the NLHF in 2016.

Issues, Challenges and Outcomes

The site has an extremely diverse set of offers, all of which had to be progressed to support funding applications to the NLHF. There was a considerable focus on the development of proposals for the restoration of the ‘Soanian’ park café and the adjoining cluster of park buildings. Stamford Hill has the largest Charedi community in Europe and the design team worked closely with this community to ensure that the park addressed their specific requirements for public space.


  • Masterplanning
  • Detailed design
  • Historical research and conservation planning
  • Bid submission and fund raising
  • Consultation and engagement