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Forgotten Spaces 2011 shortlisted: Parkland Walk Gateway by Stanton Williams (Henry Williams)

[Haringey] flexible public space that acknowledges the rich railway-related history of the site

Above the current Underground station in Highgate there lies an abandoned overground station, now overgrown and neglected. It was closed in 1954 and has remained unused ever since, but the tracks that is once served have been transformed, through the persistence and determined labour of the local community, into an invaluable nature corridor serving ramblers, cyclists and wildlife alike.

Parkland Walk provides and unmatched urban oasis and wildlife corridor.

But the Parkland Walk, as it has become known, is currently broken into North and South sections, because the place at which they should rightfully connect remains derelict and inaccessible. That place, Highgate Station, offers a unique opportunity to join the two branches and further to act as a ‘gateway’ to the unified Parkland Walk.

The proposal provides a substantial, flexible public space, analogous to a town square, but uniquely conditioned by the rich history of the site, while the consolidated Parkland Walk provides and unmatched urban oasis and wildlife corridor.

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