LDA Design win top award

A scheme including flowering meadows to transform a large part of central London won a major design award last week.

The 120-hectare site around King’s Cross, Farringdon, Holborn and Seven Dials is one of London’s most ambitious strategies for urban realm in the city for a decade.

The proposal by won a public spaces gong in the New London Awards last Thursday, 7 July. LDA Design worked with the community and stakeholders on a vision, strategy and proposals.

Currently the area is blighted by traffic and choked with parking and street clutter. The team want to re-assign road space for pedestrians, plant trees and create new public spaces.

Streets will be designed for health and well-being and proposals include London’s longest dining table, flowering meadows, giant swings and seesaws, street orchards and outdoor work pods.

LDA Design director and project leader Sophie Thompson said: "On the one hand you have Bloomsbury elegance and remnants of medieval urban fabric.

And on the other there is 20th-century commerce and industry. It was important that all proposals are driven by a uniqueness of context.

"We need to create new places to relax and to come into contact with nature and radically transform the streets into great places to walk, cycle and socialise."


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