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Marks Barfield kicks off Clapham Old Town regen

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Work has started on Marks Barfield’s revamp of Clapham Old Town in south London, a £2.2million scheme funded by Transport for London and Lambeth Council

The Clapham Gateway Urban Realm project will transform the existing square into a pedestrian-focused urban piazza by removing the gyratory system and rearranging the bus stop and bus stand layout.

It is claimed pedestrian use, currently at 35 per cent, will increase to 65 per cent as a result.

The architect behind the London Eye is working with Armstrong Bell Landscape Design on the scheme which includes planting up to 80 new trees and incorporates of ‘high quality york stone paving’, free draining fine rolled gravel and new seating.

Marks Barfield said the scheme was backed by 85 per cent of local people who were consulted for more than a year on the planned improvements.

“The space has evolved in an ad hoc way over the last hundred years or so and has never been designed,” said the practice. “The intensification of the area, the growth of traffic, buses and its many and disparate uses, has lead to a number of problems and conflicts which we are seeking to resolve.”

An earlier phase of the Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project transformed nearby Venn Street into a pedestrian area free from cars and is now home to a regular street market and outdoor eating.

The latest development phase will involve:

  • Creating a new piazza in Clapham Old Town
  • Widening footways and narrowing of carriageways in Old Town and the locale
  • Improved crossing points for pedestrians
  • New cycle lanes to improve cycle access through the area.
  • Removal of the existing vehicle gyratory system around Old Town
  • Reconfiguration of bus standing arrangements to accommodate eight bus stands
  • Extensive soft landscaping and tree planting
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