This July the first section of The Tide, a new cultural linear park running alongside the Thames, opens on Greenwich Peninsula. The Tide, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the co-designers of New York City’s High Line, provides a new outdoor destination for London.
 
The first 1km of the 5km long landscape features elevated walkways 9m high and flows through native trees and giant sculptures by Damien Hirst and Allen Jones. Sunken gardens, a 27m long outdoor picnic table and a unique jetty garden surrounded by the river provide respite from the city bustle.
 
“The Tide brings to London an unrivalled outdoor experience in the city,” commented Kerri Sibson, Director of Greenwich Peninsula. “This bold 3D landscape opens up the river, brings people together, gives us art to absorb, nature to enjoy and space to escape. Most importantly, it’s a place for everyone.”
 
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Partner-in-Charge, Benjamin Gilmartin noted:
“Visitors will experience the park from varying vantage points, from street level up to nine metre high elevated paths that weave through the site to plug into the existing network of leisure, art, and social life across neighbourhoods. Diverse programming along the way will act as islands that welcome the surges of commuters, visitors, cyclists and runners, while also providing intimate places of pause for contemplation, conversation, and people watching.”
 
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Neiheiser Argyros and landscape architects GROSS.MAX, their design for The Tide creates London’s first elevated linear park. Bridges between elevated timber decked ‘stepping stones’ planted with native trees and natural vegetation provide visitors and residents with platforms to pause, reflect and enjoy the surrounding views of the River Thames.
 
Evolving over the years, the finished 5km route will be twice the length of New York’s High Line and will adapt to each new Peninsula neighbourhood as they are built.
 
Surrounded by natural elements including Pines, Silver Birch, rippling wild grasses and the vast River Thames, the linear park takes you from open waterfront terraces to intimate pocket gardens to The Jetty – the Peninsula’s community learning garden “floating” on the river – where you can get involved and get green fingered.
 
To launch The Tide, Greenwich Peninsula is hosting the Turning Tides Festival. Taking place over 5th-7th and 12th-14th July, the free riverfront festival will run an eclectic programme of live music, art, film, wellness and shoreline feasts utilising the 27 metre dining table, with a cast of acclaimed artists taking over The Tide.