Forgotten Spaces 2011 shortlisted: Hogarth Eyot by Richard Gooden
[Hounslow] A generous new public space to re-connect Chiswick to the Thames
The A4 bullies its way out of London through Earl’s Court and Hammersmith, where it nearly touches the River Thames. From there, the road creates a noisy barrier between the city and the river until the Hogarth flyover. Given restrictions to the type and weight of vehicles using this structure, it provides little value in relieving congestion or easing traffic flow. Re-planning the space occupied by the flyover, ramps and the roundabout would contribute towards healing the scars created in the recent past and providing much-needed links across this part of the city.
Re-connecting the riverside to its hinterland.
We have created a new public space - the Hogarth Eyot - re-connecting the riverside to its hinterland. As a series of terraced landforms above and below the realigned A4, the proposal creates a series of enjoyable and useful spaces, provides safe and direct pedestrian and cycle routes across a daunting barrier and rescues and dignifies a forgotten space.