Park Royal Public Realm Strategy — London

Client
Park Royal Partnership, Design for London and Transport for London

Park Royal is an area of 700 hectares which constitutes Europe’s largest industrial estate. Located halfway between Heathrow and Central London, it plays a key role in the city’s strategic service and employment system. However, Park Royal is a victim of its own success as ‘London’s Workshop’, with a congested road network and a low quality public realm presenting challenges to its thriving economy.

In the context of these problems, 5th Studio were commissioned to develop a public realm strategy that could achieve a radical uplift in the environmental quality of the area.

Given the impossibility of comprehensive change on this vast scale, the proposals offer a tactical response which considers how to maximize the impact of investment – a strategy of targeted intervention. The strategy articulates a clear spatial reading of Park Royal as a place – understanding it as a distinct city quarter defined by a perimeter wall of transport infrastructure – in order to guide the geographical logic of proposals. Working with a ‘toolkit’ of tactics – from big-scale moves to bottom-up local projects – it proposes a spectrum of projects within three spheres of action: network, gateways and districts.

The project involved mapping gateways and districts within the wider connectivity network.

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