The new paddling pool is the first phase of the masterplan developed by AAB architects for the Friends of Duke’s Meadows. It is situated at the centre of a space that has been created by modulating the existing ground levels along the edge of a popular pedestrian route to the River Thames. Raised mounds and planting provide privacy from passers-by and the lowered level of the paddling pool helps to give shelter and sense of place. The pool varies in depth from 0mm to around 250mm and is tiled with a colourful ceramic mosaic tiles. A kiosk is provided for selling of food and drink, incorporating the water filtration plant and a WC.

Client: London Borough of Hounslow
Completed: 2006
Contract value: £305,000
Winner: Hounslow Design Awards for public space 2007
Winner: Mayor's Safer Parks Award 2011, Gold
Photos: David Grandorge