We at Needspace? are delighted at the prospects of a new green space which will only be a 2 minute from our flexible managed workspace offices in Hammersmith. The aim of the project is to improve air quality in the area, and improve biodiversity in Hammersmith.
The new space will be a great spot for those wanting to take a break from the busy working day and surround themselves in luxurious planting arrangements.
There has been an overwhelming response to the competition to come up with ideas for turning an abandoned railway viaduct in Hammersmith into an inspirational public space.
Dozens of expressions of interest have been submitted for creating the Elevated Park aka the Highline, on a 200m raised brick structure which a century ago carried tube trains to a long-gone station in Hammersmith Grove.
In the days after the project was announced, nearly 200 people registered their interest with the winners due to be announced in the middle of June once reviewed by an independent panel appointed by the organisers, Hammersmith BID and architect group West London Link.
“The reaction has been extraordinary,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment. “We knew this was a unique opportunity to design something of merit for future generations to enjoy, but the scale of the response has amazed everyone.”
There are two £5,000 prizes up for grabs in the competition, one encouraging children to let their imaginations soar. The aim is to create an attraction similar to the High Line elevated park in New York City.
Livia Caruso, the Hammersmith BID business engagement manager, said: “We are delighted the competition has captured the imagination of the public. This is an opportunity to suggest ideas for a community space in the heart of the town centre as well as an attraction to draw people to Hammersmith. We look forward to seeing what ideas emerge.”
Entries to go on display
Expressions of interest have already been received from architects and professionals in the built environment sector, as well as community groups with no previous design experience and international design firms.
Competition entries will go on display at an exhibition in Kings Mall from 22 to 30 June as part of the Hammersmith Summer Festival, and will also be shown digitally on the Big Screen in Lyric Square.