London’s love affair with the urban planning masterpiece that is New York’s High Line is intensifying as plans for the city’s newest urban garden space are revealed.
The newly-unveiled Linear Park marks the city’s latest foray into urban parkland design. The unveiling took place at a major event hosted by landscape architects Camlins and property developers Ballymore.
Plans show that Linear Park will include a kilometre-long highway of greenery running from Vauxhall station through the Embassy Gardens opposite the new US Embassy to become a part of the larger nine Elms development area. Designed by Grimshaw architects, the regeneration scheme will feature nearly 2,000 residential units, a shopping district and urban park, a new central square with water features, a pavilion and an urban forest.
Camlins director Huw Morgan explains the High Line as a point of inspiration for the landscape architectural feat, and how Linear Park will mimic the positive results of its predecessor.
“Many have been totally captivated by the iconic nature and design of the High Line,” he says. “We, as landscape architects, have found the process the most inspiring of stories. The community that has been created transcends design and becomes a culture focused around what was a linear steel structure. Linear Park is a new London green: a fusion of enclosed garden squares, open green commons and majestic tree-lined streets- a 24-hour park for a 24-hour city.”
According to Ballymore Group founder, chairman and CEO Sean Mulryan, the responses received since unveiling the urban planning initiative have been extremely positive.
“I am delighted with the reaction and widespread positive reviews of our exciting development here at Embassy Gardens,” he says. “I love the concept of The Linear Park. It will be a lovely addition to London’s Green landscape.”
The motivation behind the increasing development of projects such as this lies in the success of New York’s flagship urban development. With a track record of great success on social, environmental and economic levels, it only makes sense that these developments would continue to flourish.