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Revealed: Fletcher Priest wins High Line contest with 'low line' scheme

Fletcher Priest has won the international competition to design a High Line for London

The winning scheme uses hidden ‘mail rail’ tunnels beneath Oxford Street to create an underground experience - a mushroom farm with daylight via glass-fibre mushrooms at street level.


The practice beat off shortlisted rivals including Jerry Tate Architects, Atkins, Bell Philips Architects, and Hassell in the contest inspired by New York’s High Line park - formerly an elevated train line.


Y/N Studio came runner up, for Lido Line, a scheme which proposed to insert a swimming lane along the Regents Canal.

The Lido Line by YN Studio. An idea to insert a clean, safe ‘basin’ in which to swim the Lido Line along the Regents Canal

The Lido Line by YN Studio.

Three designs were recognised as highly commended; Bridge It by HTA, Barge Walk by Erica Richmond + Peggy Pei-Chi Chi and Bus Roots by Wynne James.


The winning scheme was announced by London mayor Boris Johnson as part of a High Line Symposium at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.


Run by the Landscape Institute, the mayor of London and the Garden Museum, with the AJ as media partner, the contest received 170 entries from around the world including proposals from the USA, China, Brazil, Egypt, India and Israel.


Judges were impressed by the ‘diversity and vision’ of the entries to the competition to enhance the capital’s green infrastructure, inspired by New York’s High Line.


The winner receives £2,500 and the runner-up £500.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • I still think our green roofed bus shelter/pocket parks for insects flora and fauna idea is better...http://www.one-worlddesign.co.uk/2012/09/25/high-line-competition/

    Though I might be biased…

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  • I studied subterranean london for my thesis, and we also entered a scheme into this competition titled 'low line'. The well known fact about the Mail Rail is that it is only 6ft wide so therefore there have always been difficulties finding a use for these tunnels. These images clearly show the tunnel as being about 4m diameter, this is not correct and therefore the project is 100% not viable. I am stunned that this failed to be picked up during shortlisting.

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