It may be some way off, but if local residents and businesses have their way, Camden will one day be saying hello to an exciting new park.
The Camden Highline takes its inspiration from the New York park of the same name, with a similar structure and layout. As in the Big Apple, the park will consist of an unused stretch of railway track, cleverly transformed into an elevated walking route complete with seating areas, cafes, art installations and activities.
To turn the vision into reality, Camden have turned to the team behind the New York High Line to turn the disused railway line into a verdant oasis.
James Corner Field Operations recently won a 75 bid competition to find a designer for the project.
The team designed the American park alongside US architectural studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro. For the Camden project they will work with the London based vPPR Architects studio.
“When complete the Highline will be more than a physical link between neighbourhoods, it will be the foundation for new links between communities” says the website for the project.
The plan is to connect Camden Gardens in the west to York Way in the east, courtesy of an 8 metre high elevated walkway which will stretch for over 1.2 kilometres.
Before anyone starts getting ahead of themselves, however, it is important to note that the project is still in its infancy. That’s why the charity behind the project are appealing for the help of Londoners to turn the plans into reality.
“We can’t do it without you” says the Camden Highline website. “Building a park in the real world means consistent pressure at the right places. We know where to apply it, but we need your voices behind us. Join the Camden Highliners and help us make it happen!”
The Camden project is one of several recent attempts to emulate New York’s impressive linear park. In the UK, The Tide at Greenwich boasts a similar remit and structure, as does the recently proposed Goodsyard in Shoreditch.
More information about the Camden Highline can be found here.
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