Major public-realm improvements planned in response to Crossrail
LDA Design has been working with the London Borough of Camden to devise a series of multifunctional public-realm improvements across the Farringdon area, aimed at enhancing quality of life for residents and visitors.
Covering 48ha, the improvement zone is bordered by Gray’s Inn Road, Holborn and King’s Cross, where the arrival of Crossrail in 2018 is expected to provoke major change in the area, increasing passenger numbers by 150 per cent by 2026.
Plans incorporate Hatton Garden, Leather Lane South, Brooke’s Market, the Clerkenwell Piazza, the Metropolitan Gantry Walkway, St Andrew’s Gardens, and Bagnigge Pleasure Gardens – a sequence of four community gardens and pocket parks tied to the area’s centuries-old association with wells and spas.
Sophie Thompson, director at LDA Design, said: ‘The Farringdon project recently won an NLA Award as part of a strategy for streets and spaces in Kings Cross, Holborn and Seven Dials. Alongside stakeholders and local community, proposals were developed to create beautiful urban spaces and drastically improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.’
Plans are currently at feasibility stage, awaiting funding and further consultation.