New York City’s High Line elevated park has been such a success that the basic idea has been copied worldwide. A slice of the Big Apple is now coming to the Big Smoke with a new raised park for London that will include housing, retail, and offices.
New York City’s High Line elevated park has been such a success that the basic idea has been copied worldwide, with projects like MVRDV’s raised motorway park also reusing old transportation infrastructure to bring new green space to inner-city areas. A slice of the Big Apple is now coming to the Big Smoke with a new raised park for London that will also include housing, retail space, and offices.
The project is named Bishopsgate Goodsyard and will be built on land in Shoreditch that’s stood unused since the 1960s. It was acquired back in 2002 but plans to build on it have never been able to get off the ground, until now.
Once completed, it will measure approximately 4.4 hectares (10.8 acres), more than half of which will be dedicated to public open space, both at street level and on top of newly restored railway arches. Over 300 new trees will be planted on the site and new pedestrian and park space will be created. Additionally, more than 100 retail, restaurant, and leisure spaces will be added, as will new workspaces and 500 homes (half of which are designated as “affordable,” though we’ve no word on pricing yet). Cycling will be promoted and cars banned, with some buildings including green roofs, water storage, and beehives.
“The Goodsyard site will be the jewel in the crown of Shoreditch,” says Sean Mulryan, Chairman and Group Chief Executive of Ballymore, which is co-developing the project. “We bought this site almost 20 years ago when this area was a very different place. As the last opportunity for significant growth in Shoreditch, the time has come for what will be a great boost to the local area and London. The Goodsyard will be an exemplary neighborhood, fit for a revived London.