Our design transformed the area from a modest traffic island to an enjoyable social space, reconnected to the Heath and the Whitestone milestone to the south of West Heath Road that lends it today’s name. The pond has a new white granite edge with a slight incline on approaching the pond to act as a warning feature before sloping into the water. Planting was introduced into the pond to add both visual and ecological interest and improve the water quality. A low grass mound adjacent to the pond provides a visual link with the surrounding Heath. The scheme was Highly Commended in the 2011 Local Government News Urban Green Space Street Design Award.
City of London
Transforming a historical pond on the edge of Hampstead Heath
Whitestone Pond was originally a small dew pond called the Horse Pond. Although it had maintained its original function as a watering place for military horses, its previous concrete and tarmac finishes provided a derelict setting against the fine landscape of Hampstead Heath.