Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London’s neglected railway

Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London’s neglected railway

“A New Park in the Sky” for London

The first phase of the Camden Highline – a new elevated railway city ​​Park in London – planning permission was granted.

The project covers 1.2 km of disused railway line between Camden Town and King’s Cross and envisages a green link that will provide green space London Launch of a new attraction for the capital. The high-line style park is designed to provide new local green space for 20,000 people, increase the environmental value of the site and promote Camden’s biodiversity.

“The Camden Highline captured the local imagination. It challenges us to broaden the horizons of what’s possible in our cities and is exactly the kind of innovative, environmentally sustainable and community-oriented project that will continue to benefit and inspire generations to come. This vision will also create tremendous business opportunities for local small businesses and help build a better, greener and more prosperous London for all. I look forward to following the Camden Highline on its journey and walking in the sky in London’s own park. Remarks
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London's neglected railway

Camden Highline Visualization Ground View © Hayes Davidson

Introducing more green spaces to central London

Launched four years ago as a crowdfunding campaign, the initiative is led by architects and designers from the New York High Line (see more here) – James Corner Field Operations (More here), local architecture firm vPPR (more here), the Camden Highline team (here) and community engagement specialists Street Space (here). Characterized by woodland, productive gardens, meadows and old British hedges, planting is being pushed ahead renowned garden designer Working closely with the London Wildlife Trust, Piet Oudolf will introduce visitors to a “range of different ecosystems and experiences”.

The first phase between Camden Gardens and Royal College Street can now proceed while the other two sections (from Royal College Street to Camley Way and from Camley Way to York Way) await planning approval. “Each section of the Highline will differ in character in direct response to the different neighborhoods, contexts and conditions it travels through to truly reflect Camden’s unique identity. Interactive design features including a children’s play zone, volunteer-run allotments and an outdoor classroom will come together to create a sense of city exploration and discovery, while balconies will connect the park with the urban street life below.’

Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London's neglected railway
Camden Highline South View © vPPR-JCFO

Running the length of the park, an architectural screen full of nesting sites, greenery and transportation windows will separate the green oasis from the active railway line while providing a coherent design language for the overall route. “The access points to the park at Camden Gardens, Royal College Street, Camley Street and York Way will be fully accessible, with a possible fifth additional flight of stairs at St Pancras Way.”

In addition, section one will house a transparent observation elevator or stairway that takes visitors through a treetop onto a floating gantry, offering sweeping panoramic views over the park and the Victorian railway viaduct. The project is expected to create 200 construction and 116 new long-term jobs, create green spaces for the capital and boost its profile as “one of the world’s top visitor destinations”.

Now that planning permission has been granted, charity Camden Highline are looking for funders to come on board to help fund the £14million cost of the first section of the project and get construction work underway. 2025 is the targeted opening date for the first section.

Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London's neglected railway
Aerial visualization of the Camden Highline © Hayes Davidson

“I live and work just a few hundred yards from the Camden Highline and I see it as a local walk to take with family, connecting the canal and Coal Drops Yard into a single loop. It would be a place to meet friends and form a central backbone of the community. A small section of it runs through Camden’s private homes, but most of it serves a number of people of housing developments and parts of London that currently lack access to local green space. I am very excited to see how the Camden Highline will bring Camden together through a beautiful common good. mentioned Lead Architect Tatiana von Preussen from vPPR.

Increased City Parks initiative gets planning permission to revitalize London's neglected railway
Camden Highline © JCFO artefact wall

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Camden Highline ©JCFO Camden Road Bridge catwalk

Camden Highline ©JCFO Camden Road Bridge catwalk

Camden Highline © vPPR-JCFO North view

Camden Highline © vPPR-JCFO North view

Camden Highline ©JCFO Woodland Seating Grove

Camden Highline ©JCFO Woodland Seating Grove

Camden Highline ©JCFO Trainspotting wall

Camden Highline ©JCFO Trainspotting wall

Camden Highline © JCFO Overlook

Camden Highline © JCFO Overlook

Camden Highline © JCFO artefact wall

Camden Highline © JCFO artefact wall

Project info:

Surname: the Camden Highline

Location: Camden,London

Design Team:

Lead Advisor: James Corner Field Operations

architecture: vPPR Architects

Planting: Piet Oudolf

Art: hey locke

Engagement: street space

Lightning Theme: Speirs Major

railways: Tony Gee Engineering

Engineering: ACTII

Cost Modeling: Rider Levett Bucknall

Sustainability: Studio Ten

Identity & Pathfinding: pentagram

Heritage: Authentic futures

Planning: light fields

Construction planning: Avondale Advice

Ecology and Biodiversity: London Wildlife Trust

Christina Petridou I design boom

January 21, 2023

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