Old Oak and Park Royal — London

Client
Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and Transport for London

Collaborators
Alan Baxters Ltd / Wedderburn Transport Planning

Old Oak and Park Royal is set to undergo radical change with the arrival of High Speed and other rail connectivity. The accompanying new stations will catalyse the delivery of 55,000 new jobs, and 24,000 new homes into the Old Oak area. Old Oak is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and a highly complex fragmented landscape.

5th Studio produced a connectivity and public realm strategy as part of the in-depth review of the topographical and infrastructural constraints affecting the site. This has informed the local plan development by the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation.

The strategy identifies clear design principles for the future public realm movement network and spaces. This connective public realm can be understood as a new primary infrastructure - it will need to play multiple roles: enabling the expected density of occupation; making possible the ambitions for an environmentally sustainable development; be resilient to future climate change; and be capable of transforming the most challenging moments into moments of beauty and character, in the best traditions of city making.

The growth area is central to West London’s Arc of opportunity. The site is about to undergo massive change.

The study area includes Park Royal - an established industrial estate, and Old Oak, an area dominated by severances. One of the study aims was to connect and integrate this part of London to its wider surroundings.

The new legible and accessible network of streets proposed had to mediate between a series of challenging topographical constraints.

A series of constraints and opportunities were mapped in detail for each area in order to better understand the existing fabric.

A series of infrastructure projects were proposed in the Draft Local Plan, comprising new streets, bridges and underpasses which were meticulously analysed and tested.

A series of scenarios tested the nature of the link from Old Oak High Street to Willesden Junction before the recommended option was taken forward.

The study included information on the phasing and delivery of the cycle and pedestrian network. The key time periods relate to the development of key infrastructure and commercial and residential development. These were supported by transport modelling.

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