The first section of the Camden Highline has secured Planning Approval....
Way back in 2020, we were privileged to run the competition to find the designers for the Camden Highline, which was won by a wonderful team led by James Corner Field Operations, working with vppr and Street Space. So, it is a real pleasure to hear that Planning Approval has been granted for the first section of the Highline, running from Camden Gardens to Royal College Street.
The Highline is an ambitious project that will see the transformation of a section of disused railway into a new elevated urban park for London. The project is now set to offer much-needed green space to underserved communities, while creating a new global attraction for London, akin to New York’s High Line.
In total, the Camden Highline will run for 1.2km, connecting Camden Town to Kings Cross. It is forecast to bring new, local, green space for 20,000 people, along with health and wellbeing benefits worth £10.9m over the project’s lifetime.
The planting, which has been headed up by Piet Oudolf in close consultation with London Wildlife Trust, is inspired by woodlands, productive gardens, meadows and ancient British hedgerows, and will take visitors through a series of distinct ecosystems and experiences.
The Highline started out as a community initiative through a crowdfunding campaign, and is the culmination of public engagement that has taken place over the last four years.
Now that planning permission has been granted, as well as keeping up fundraising momentum, the Camden Highline charity is looking for major donors to come on board to support with the £14m cost of the first section of the project, and get construction work underway.
To find out more about the project visit the website: www.camdenhighline.com