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