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Forgotten Spaces: Commended – A New Productive Landscape by Boyarsky Murphy Architects

[CAMDEN] Micro allotment gardens sited next to a raised railway line

The stretch of rail track that runs between Camden Road to St Pancras way and then east onto Kings Cross is one of the least lovely in London. Much of it is dilapidated and windswept, with poorly planned roads, bleak railway structures, and abandoned regeneration which only deepen the sense of neglect. Dated advertising does little to enhance the city scape.

Into this urban and vehicular wasteland Boyarsky Murphy Architects propose a ribbon of 150 new allotment plots. Like agricultural terraces cut into a rural hillside, the new allotments provide both a visual greening of a bleak urban site as well as a fresh horticultural produce for local residents.

The new allotments can be seen from the Tube station, which will be enhanced by a new bridge-within-a-bridge with links the allotment area, plus a new view of the street-scape below. There are also new small retail units, possible on horticultural themes. These could provide additional services to the thriving allotment culture in the surrounding area, including 88 plots at Fitzroy Park and 50 at Westcroft Estate.

Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July

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  • Tim Austen

    Healthy fruit and veg. direct to the commuters! Great idea! space permitting it might be worth considering dedicating some of the site to more permanent windbreak planting, as much as adding to the overall "green capital" of the area.

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