5 Exciting New Spaces Coming To London

Jul 30th 2015 | london | lifestyle

As part of a new exhibition entitled Public London: 10 Years of Transforming Spaces, New London Architecture (NLA) has revealed plans for exciting new public spaces coming to London, from elevated walkways to pop-up markets, and the picture being painted is a leafier, more spacious London. Here's 5 of our favourite new spaces recently announced. 

Walthamstow Wetlands, Waltham Forest, N17 (Due for completion spring 2017)
Previously inaccessible, Thames Water’s operational drinking water reservoirs will be opened to the public in 2017, creating the largest urban wetland nature reserve in London. The project will provide four new entrances, an improved network of pathways, a visitor centre and café in the Victorian pump station ‘Marine Engine House’, and a viewing point and outdoor classroom in the historic Coppermill Tower, as well as enhancements to natural habitats.

Earls Court Masterplan – Hammersmith and Fulham (Due for completion 2030)
Covering 77 acres on the western edge of central London, the Earls Court Project Area offers a rare opportunity to provide around 7,500 much-needed new homes and 10,000 new jobs for Londoners, based on the concept of ‘four villages and a high street’ which takes London’s unique fabric as its inspiration.

Elephant Square, Elephant and Castle, SE1 (Due for completion 2016)
In spring 2015, the highway at the northern roundabout of the Elephant and Castle began to undergo changes, including the removal of the roundabout by closing the southern side and converting the traffic to two-way operation. The subways will be replaced with pedestrian crossings and a number of new cycle lanes – as part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision – will be introduced around the junction to improve cycle safety.

West End Square – Camden, (Due for completion 2018)
Camden’s West End project, responding to expected massive increase in visitors with the arrival of Crossrail, will transform one-way, congested streets into two-way-tree lined streets, with protected cycle lanes and new public spaces. The various proposal covers a series of locations across the Camden area including transforming the Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street area.

Thames Baths Project - Victoria Embankment, EC4 (Due for completion 2017)
Thames Baths Project is a self-initiated campaign for the re-introduction of swimming in the River Thames. The project looks to re-establish an intimate and playful link between Londoners and this historic lifeblood of the city. The objective is to provide naturally filtered river water pools and recreation space alongside the Victoria Embankment.

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