"Every aspect of the park, from its urban form - which seeks to link the park into the surrounding docklands - to the varied richness of its landscaped components and the design of its buildings, its 'fixtures and fittings' - makes a contemporary cultural statement. It creates a series of settings for surrounding new development to respond to and is a rich and inviting new public space which effectively initiates a new piece of London with its own clear identity, but which links with the river and industrial context." - pateltaylor.co.uk
When it comes to the barrier, a walk along the path on the Silvertown side (north of the river) has a great view alongside the developing architecture. Walking alongside the Goddard Manton apartments (picture below), it's easy to forget that you're at the Royal Docks, and instead, feels somewhat like you're walking around Los Angeles.