Selected from over 170 entries, 20 Green Infrastructure designs have been shortlisted in a competition run by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum to find a new design for green space in the capital.
Inspired by New York’s High Line, which reclaimed a stretch of derelict railway to create a popular urban park, the competition generated radical and exciting ideas for bringing hidden, forgotten and abandoned places into use as new green public spaces. Entries include visions for transforming London's underground rivers, flyovers, bus shelters and disused tunnels, creating miniature woodlands, floating parks, subterranean mushroom gardens and green-clad office blocks.
The shortlisted entries are on display at the Garden Museum and the competition winner was announced on October 8th during the LI's Green Infrastructure day as part of High Line Symposium.
Andres Briones | Lea Valley Rain Farm
Creates a ‘rain farm’ in the Lea Valley to store run-off and rainwater to serve the local neighbourhood.
Atkins Landscape Architects | Grow Box
A box of products and professional advice vouchers, to empower community groups to improve green infrastructure in London one small step at a time.
Bell Phillips Architects, Spacehub and Aecom | Green Arteries
A scheme to transform London’s flyovers into productive and beautiful green arteries, to reduce heat effect and traffic noise and encourage biodiversity.
Erika Richmond and Peggy Pei-Chi Chi | Barge Walk
Connects people with water via the creation of a linear park, farm and wetland on floating barges at the edge of Canary Wharf.
Fletcher Priest | Pop Down
Creates an urban mushroom garden lit by sculptural glass-fibre mushrooms at street level inside the ‘Mail Rail’ tunnels beneath Oxford Street.
HASSELL with We Made That and AOC | Roots for the Future
A network of ‘indus-tree-ous’ miniature woodlands planted in London’s left-over spaces (parking lots, derelict land).
Howard Miller and Rowena Hay | Retracing London’s Drovers’ Roads
Revitalising the ancient route used to move livestock from pasture to market between Hackney and Bishopsgate.
HTA | Bridge-It
Unlocking corridors around the existing transport network – green linear parks and cycling and walking networks built over, under and beside railway lines.
Ireland Albrecht Landscape Architects | Suburban Kiss
Transforming London’s arterial routes into new multi-functional green spaces linking the Green Belt to the city.
Jerry Tate Architects | Green Lung Retrofit
Wrapping ‘green jackets’ around the City’s offices to cool excess heat, turning Tower 42 into a tower of green.
Laura Rowland and Claire Beard |
Creates mini orchards around bus shelters, featuring beehives within the trees and sloping sedum roofs to collect fruit and rainwater.
Mailen Design | Old Street Green
Transforms the traffic roundabout above Old Street Underground station into a new garden to connect the underground space with the exterior street space.
Me and Sam | London Parks Library
Establishes small book exchanges within parks and green spaces, and traces the invisible network and movement of books and people.
Place Design + Planning | The New River
Breathing new life into a forgotten waterway and collecting fresh water at source in Stoke Newington.
Richard Reynolds | Fleet River Channel
Reinstate the shallow stream of the Fleet, one of London’s lost waterways, in a cutting one storey beneath street level at Blackfriars.
Scott Badham and Ian Fisher | [RE]structure
Biocentric ‘mats’ and ‘sleeves’ are layered onto buses, trams and trains to create mobile gardens.
Terra Studio | High, Low, Fast and Fluid Lines
A commuter cycleway on raised railway viaducts, ‘air rail’ gardens by railway sidings, a new green Blackfriars Bridge and flower shows on the Thames.
Wynne James | Bus Roots
Rooves of bus shelters become raised gardens with sparrow colonies, insect hotels and miniature wildflower meadows.
[ Y/N ] Studio | The LidoLine
A channel in the Regent’s Canal makes it possible to swim the ‘Lido Line’ from Little Venice to Limehouse.
Yue Rao and Chuanwen Yu | Green North Bank
A new linear park from Blackfriars Bridge to Lambeth Bridge covers underground roadways and stretches down to the water's edge.