LONDON | Camden Highline

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A planning application has been lodged with Camden Council to turn a disused railway viaduct into an elevated park that links Camden Town and its market via Camley Street to Kings Cross.

Last year charity Camden Highland awarded a team led by James Corner Field Operations the contract to design the masterplan for the park, designed South Park at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and New York High Line. The firm will work in collaboration with local firm vPPR Architects.

The community-driven initiative is intended to create walking routes between local neighbourhoods, deliver an international visitor attraction for London and boost biodiversity in the capital. There will be entrances on Camden High Street, Royal College Street, Camley Street and York Way.

The Camden Highline, which will be 1.2km long, will feature gardens and walkways, seating areas, cafés, arts and cultural interventions, spaces for charitable activities and areas for children’s play.

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The designs were inspired by woodlands, meadows, hedgerows and productive gardens.

Reclaimed materials from the site will be used wherever possible during construction.

The Camden Highline route will be 1.2km long, running 8m above the ground, with entrances on Camden High Street, Royal College Street, Camley Street and York Way. The new green artery for London will weave through some of Camden’s most densely populated social housing estates, connecting 20,000 people to new green space. Alongside its health and social benefits, James Corner Field Operations and vPPR Architects said they have worked closely with Street Space to ensure local community engagement continues to play a central role in the project design.

Lead designer James Corner at Field Operations comments: “We are extremely excited to share this design vision for Camden Highline. The design is intended to celebrate and amplify the unique characteristics of the railway viaduct, dramatising movement and discovery, set within a sequence of woodlands, meadows, and gardens.”

It has been predicted that Camden Highline will attract two million visitors a year, contributing £16 million in annual spend to Camden Town and Kings Cross. The initiative originated as an idea in a local newspaper in 2017 and grew through a crowdfund with more than 1,000 supporters.

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