Revamp for London's Park Royal

Blocks of singular planting with a "life of their own" will help create strong identities in different areas of an industrial estate in west London planned for an overhaul.

Details of the Park Royal Strat-egy were revealed yesterday (30 October) and include major plans for improving the industrial area's public realm.

Urban design firm 5th Studio, behind the framework for the new Lea River Park, has created the strategy for the west London site.

5th Studio director Nathan Jones said a priority was to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists."Most of the people working there live close by, but because of the kind of landscape, everyone drives to work," explained Jones.

Improved signage at Park Royal's gateways is intended to create a distinct local identity.

The strategy has been commissioned by the Park Royal Partnership and Design for London, and will help inform future planning and development around Park Royal.

"We are trying to find ways of opening up access to bits of landscape that are currently fenced off - that could be by creating a picnic area at the top of a sunny mound," added Jones.

"We also propose filling the spaces between buildings, and by the sides of roads and roundabouts, with quite singular planting that has a life of its own. We would do that using a particular species on each arm of the road network."

The Park Royal Public Realm Strategy was launched at New London Architecture as part of the London's Towns: Shaping the Polycentric City exhibition.

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