Clapton Common stretches from Upper Clapton Road to Stamford Hill. The common and its surrounds became a designated conservation area in 1969 and has a similar landscape character to other commons in Hackney, with open grass areas edged with mature London Plane trees. The common also has an exciting play area which was short listed for a Hackney Design Award and a pond with a fountain. The fountain is out of action but is being repaired and will be working again in early 2013.
Clapton Common play area is hugely popular, with exciting play opportunities for younger and older children. The funding for the play area was raised by the Clapton Common user group and the design informed by feedback from a community engagement event. The play area contains a fenced under 5s area and a challenging tree and rope structure for older children.
We appointed Erect Architecture to design a brand new play area for Clapton Common in 2010. It was designed based on the responses received at a community engagement event. Below is a short description of the key elements and how users’ feedback helped to shape the design.