As part of a new exhibition entitled Public London: 10 Years of Transforming Spaces, New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed plans for 10 of the most exciting new public spaces coming to London, from elevated walkways to pop-up markets, and the picture being painted is a leafier, more spacious London
1 London Wall Place
Due for completion: Summer 2017
Landscape Architect: Spacehub and Make
London Wall Place is a new destination in the City of London, offering an acre of landscaped public space that is set between two statement office buildings. The new development will include vast green space and landscaped roof gardens with views across London. From 2018, it will have access to Crossrail from Moorgate.
21-123 London Wall, City of London, EC2
2 Thames Baths Project
Due for completion: 2017
Architect: Studio Octopi
Thames Baths Project is a campaign that aims to bring back swimming in the River Thames, re-establishing a link between London and its historic life blood. The Thames Baths Project will see naturally filtered river water pools and a recreation space along the Victoria Embankment.
Victoria Embankment, City of London, EC4
3 Pop Brixton
Due for completion: Open now (May 2015)
Delivery Partnership: Carl Turner Architects with Lambeth Council and The Collective
A new community space for startups, restaurants and small businesses, Pop Brixton is a new public space in Brixton made from low-cost, low-energy shipping containers, the design as a strong ocus on sustainability and efficiency. Pop Brixton will also include an event space, hosting live acts, film screenings and performance art. It will be on in Brixton for three years before moving on.
Brixton Station Road, Lambeth, SW9
4 Centre Point Public Square/St Giles Circus
Due for completion: 2017
Design Team Lead, Architect and Public Realm: Rick Mather Architects/Stanton Williams/Gillespies
Part of the new Crossrail plans include the redevelopment of the areas around Tottenham Court Road and Centre Point. Along with new retail and office spaces above the Underground station, will be a new theatre to replace the former Astoria and there will be a new open pedestrian space linking Soho Square and Charing Cross Road with of the Square and of St. Patrick’s Church.
5 Walthamstow Wetlands
Due for completion: Spring 2017
Consultant: Kinnear Landscape Architects, Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Previously inaccessible, Thames Water’s operational drinking water reservoirs will be opened to the public in 2017, creating the largest urban wetland nature reserve in London. The project will provide four new entrances, an improved network of pathways, a visitor centre and café in the Victorian pump station ‘Marine Engine House’, and a viewing point and outdoor classroom in the historic Coppermill Tower, as well as enhancements to natural habitats.
Ferry Lane, Waltham Forest, N17
6 The Goodsyard
Landscape Architect: Spacehub + friends
Originally established as a passenger station in 1840, The Goodsyard site has remained derelict since it was destroyed by fire in 1964. Spacehub + friends new plans will include 5.45 acres of park and public space, with a design that draws on the historic fabric of the site. The proposals would create a rich multi-layered landscape, with the idea that the experience would take visitors from city to wilderness.
Bishopsgate Goods Yard, Shoreditch, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, E1
7 Elephant Square, Elephant and Castle Public Space Project
Due for completion: Phase 1 in 2016
Urban Design: Witherford Watson Mann
Any day now, the highway at the northern roundabout of the Elephant and Castle will begin to undergo changes, including the removal of the roundabout by closing the southern side and converting the traffic to two-way operation. The subways will be replaced with pedestrian crossings and a number of new cycle lanes – as part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision – will be introduced around the junction to improve cycle safety. This is all part of the massive regeneration programme going on in Elephant and Castle.
Elephant and Castle, Southwark, SE1
8 High Road West Masterplan
Project Architects: Landolt + Brown and S333 Architects
The Mayor of London invested in Tottenham following the 2011 riots, which resulted in the need to rebuild damaged properties and long-term regeneration plans for the area. As part of these plans, public space in High Road West will be doubled with a significant increase in the quality of public and private spaces. Two new public spaces will be delivered alongside secure shared courtyards and private gardens.
Tottenham, Haringey, N17
9 West End Square
Completion due: 2018
Project Architects: DSDHA
Camden’s West End project, responding to expected massive increase in visitors with the arrival of Crossrail, aims to get rid of one-way, congested streets and may way for more spacious tree lined routes, with cycle lanes and new public spaces. The West End Square proposal covers a series of locations across the Camden area including transforming the Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street area.
10 Earls Court Masterplan
Due for completion: 2030
The Earls Court Project Area will see the addition of 7,500 much-needed new homes and 10,000 new jobs for Londoners. Covering 77 acres in west London, the Earl’s Court project is based on the concept of ‘four villages and a high street’.
Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea
See more about the new spaces at Public London: 10 years of Transforming Spaces, which is running until 11 July 2015 at the NLA Galleries – admission is free. The exhibition includes its own installation, Never Mind the Bollards. This installation demonstrates how small spaces in the city can be turned into lively public spaces. A few benches and a little landscaping go a long way to improve the urban habitat.
The Building Centre, Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
Opening hours: Open Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm