Peninsula Square

Bubbling geysers and plumes of fog emerge from shallow pools, peppered by rings of bubbles. Without warning, jets of water burst from the confines of the paving and rain down as tiny droplets, delighting those who venture near.

Peninsula Square forms the entrance to London’s O2 arena – the world’s busiest music venue.

The fountains, with their bubbling geyser effects, are a reference to the area’s history as a gasworks. Using a dramatic combination of water and light, artist Mel Chantrey came up with a design that hints that the geysers, restrained by grilles in the square, could perhaps have existed before the Dome was built. The harnessed geysers bubble and mist from below the surface before erupting into huge plumes that shoot 10 metres up into the air.

The square links the arrival area at North Greenwich Underground station to the O2 and is the gateway to the new commercial and residential quarters of the Greenwich Peninsula.


Project Facts

  • Location: Greenwich, London
  • Client : Meridian Delta Ltd
  • Partners : Whitelaw Turkington, Barr Gazetas
  • Features: Fog, geysers, water jets