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May 29, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Limehouse Leisure video: transforming a neglected industrial canal

Limehouse Leisure: a project on the Limehouse Cut in east London, presents the idea of transforming this strip of neglected industrial canal, located in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, into an all-encompassing leisure facility for the local community and beyond. With the aim of providing gymnasiums, areas for exercise classes, team sports, solo pursuits, watersports and a host of leisure activities all in one place for free.

Devised by Matt Parker, this video is a response to the Olympic Park’s 3 meter high fencing surrounding the site in Stratford, East London –  cutting the Olympic Park off from the local community.  He wanted to create a community based sports facility to encourage exercise and fitness in an area of deprivation with its links to obesity.  “One of the key ambitions of the Olympic is to leave behind a legacy of sport and fitness for generations to come and at the time of the video’s development in 2008 it was very unclear how this ambition was going to be achieved locally.  The community felt removed from the 2012 Olympic Games, was shut out from planning and lacked a ‘voice’ in how the local landscape was being changed

“Limehouse Leisure” was created by Matt Parker whilst studying on the Post Graduate Diploma, Landscape Architecture at Kingston University. He is currently a visiting Landscape Architecture lecturer at Kingston University and Director of Room60  – Visual Communication and Design Studio for the Built Environment.


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  1. Chris Barnett / Jun 8 2012 2:33 pm

    To see another animation Room 60 have been involved in as part of the Waterways for Growth project take a look at

    This project is led by British Waterways – soon to becomr the Canal & River Trust…

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