The Fleet River Channel

Reinstating the Fleet River would bring much-needed animation to an otherwise bleak and empty road.

The stone-faced cutting walls would be inspired by the informal planting aesthetic used by guerrilla gardeners.

The two sides of the Channel would be connected by stepping-stones and bridges.

Traffic would cross on two new bridges.

Restoring the visible flow of water southwards and creating and adjacent park would encourage pedestrians north to Smithfield.

Comments

  1. Nick Jacobs 22 Feb 2013, 15:48

    My unkindest but deepest thought is 'Theme Park Fleet '- uncomfortable idea of 'let's pretend the river is not a sewer' leading to disingenuous, cosmetic, deception. This will simply help people evade our past (and present) unsustainable actions. The tragedy of a lost river is too serious to treat this way.

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The Fleet River Channel

Liberating Londonís lost river as a new low-line park

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Of all the lost rivers that still flow in subterranean London, the Fleet has left the greatest mark on the cityscape. Its final half-mile is directly under Farringdon Road and New Bridge Street, from Smithfield to the newly enlarged Blackfriars Station. The last portion of the river was covered in 1769 and today the road is bleak, cavernous and rather empty.

The Fleet River Channel would reinstate the shallow stream in a cutting one storey below street level. Pedestrian footpaths at either side would be connected to street level by steps and lifts, and across the stream by stepping-stones and bridges.

Traffic would cross on two new bridges. The Channel would be a calming, romantic escape inspired by the informal ornamental aesthetic used by guerrilla gardeners and ‘pavement pimpers’ in transport corridors elsewhere in London and beyond.

Engravings and soundscapes would bring the river’s history to life and lighting both underwater and in the undergrowth would bring the space to life after dark. Restoring the visible flow of water southwards and creating a park alongside would encourage the Thames-side pedestrian traffic north to Smithfield.

Category

Lost rivers of London

Location

City of London

Submitted by

Richard Reynolds / Good at Magic

richard@goodatmagic.com

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