The Multi-Storey Forest

Woodland planting would be incorporated on all levels and cut out sections allow light into the natural regeneration pool, which would collect water run-off from roofs and surrounding areas.

The Multi-Storey Forest is a creative way to reuse exisiting infrastructure.

The Forests would fuse urban with woodland.

As befits Wood Green, this space would celebrate the urban, linking woodland and pool with graffiti walls, a bike park, pop-up events, treetop walkways and views over Haringey and Alexandra Palace. 

A side view shows how the planting would change from level to level.

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The Multi-Storey Forest

Retrofit multi-storey car parks to provide accessible green spaces throughout the city

Station names are reminders of London’s past landscapes – Wood Green, Bounds Green, Turnpike Lane. Walking around Wood Green are other reminders, such as the Jolly Anglers pub and River Park Road. But there is no sight of the river and very few trees. There is, however, Wood Green Shopping City surrounded by car parks. Is it time to imagine instead then, a tube map showing every Multi-Storey Forest in London?

Car parks, designed to support heavy weights, are ideally suited to the weight of soil for planting. They are also equipped with suitable infrastructure to allow people to move between the different levels of the forest, such as lifts, disabled access, stairs and ramps.

Even car parks that retain their original use could become a part of this radical project by planting their upper levels with trees, helping to turn a bleak car park into a vibrant, multifunctional landscape.


Urban greening



Wood Green

Submitted by

Catherine Heatherington Designs

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