Studio Weave and Architecture 00 have won an invited contest for a new 0.8km High Line-style project in Camden, north London
The co-located practices defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival firms to win the commission for initial design concepts in a competition backed by the Camden Town Unlimited (CTU) business improvement district.
The project will transform a 0.8km stretch of raised abandoned railway tracks into a new linear park connecting Camden Town with King’s Cross.
Commenting on the scheme, CTU chief executive Simon Pitkeathley said: ‘We think the re-use of this railway line for the Camden Highline outweighs the benefits and costs of leaving it vacant. This new transport link can reduce overcrowding and journey times on the existing, cycling and pedestrian routes nearby, like Regent’s Canal.
‘Making innovative use of disused space can create new employment opportunities as well as economic, health and quality of life improvements for the local community.’
The appointment comes eight years after Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations completed their much-admired High Line Park in New York.
The latest projects aims to mimic the success of the New York scheme by regenerating an 18m-wide and 8m-high stretch of disused track, formerly part of the North London Railway.
Once completed, the new garden walk will create a 10-minute pedestrian link between Kentish Town Road in Camden Town and Camley Street in Kings Cross, bypassing eight busy roads using eight historic existing bridges.
A tender for a team to deliver a detailed feasibility study for the project will be launched following public consultations.