Greysmith Associates has secured funding from the Mayor of London and London Borough Tower Hamlets to turn Derbyshire Street into a pocket park.

Funding secured for East London pocket park

According to Luke Greysmith, the proposals will transform the neglected street, previously used only for car parking, into ‘an animated space accommodating a new cycle route, a SuDS (sustainable urban drainage system) and an outdoor cafe space’.

Rainwater from the roof of the Victorian Oxford House will, together with all surface water, feed a rain garden and swale, and in so doing reduce the amount of water entering the drainage system. Thames Water Utilities is donating a series of attenuating planters to the scheme, which is expected to be completed in April 2014.
The design will make a place that becomes a key meeting point for pedestrians and cyclists who, Greysmith adds, can also take advantage of a re-organised gallery, theatre and café at Oxford House, the adjacent community and arts centre, which worked with Greysmith to develop the scheme.

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