Stoneydown Park

What If: Projects

Green space on Blackhorse Road, High Street Ward

Once upon a time Stoneydown Park was farmland. Did you know that the unloved green space on Blackhorse Road was part of a large field belonging to Stoneydown Farm and that this land has never been built on since it’s agricultural past? In 1955 when the Stoneydown Park recreation ground was created from former farmland it included a plot of land left in its natural state and an adventure section. As part of the Making Places commission by Waltham Forest Council and inspired by the sites’ history what if: projects in collaboration with the Friends of Stoneydown Park and two local primary schools are in the process of making plans for repurposing and reviving this currently wasted space.


The installation of a new fence and the planting scheme are now completed. 

Surfacing works and completion of the project is scheduled for February 2021.  



what if: projects is an award winning architecture and urban design practice that embraces the complexities of politics and people. Crossing the boundary between community enabler, architect and infrastructure designers, what if: projects develop interventions with goals ranging from radically improving space for cycling and walking, to increasing the transparency of local planning activity and through to designing and financing the re-generation of community spaces.

what if: projects have helped to set up and deliver a number of acclaimed community led projects that address the need for shared space in high density urban environments and on inner city housing estates in London. Since 2014 the team have been involved with the ambitious and much talked about cycle infrastructure project ‘Mini Holland’ in Waltham Forest.