What Lies Within

The proposal would use the uniterrupted links of Grand Union Canal to stitch together communities and and the green infrastructure around them. The network would improve social cohesion, enhance ecology and deliver multiple ecosystem services.

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What Lies Within

Don't abandon London's industrial heartland, find new ways to use it

Despite disease, fire and war, London’s richness emanates from its past. At its heart, the waterways provide the historical infrastructure for the city's industrial prowess. Winding through suburbs, city and royal parkland, the Grand Union Canal provides a crucial artery, albeit one that is forgotten and missing the celebratory tapestry of the River Thames.

London’s very own Low Line.

What Lies Within proposes a model that stitches the canal network together with communities and the green infrastructure around them, thereby transforming a forgotten utility into London’s most significant regional park. 

According to Arup, this would create an uninterrupted corridor of public realm and continuous green links through 40km of London, stretching from the suburbs of west London to the River Lee Navigation and the largest regeneration site in Europe.


- Connectivity across the capital
- Creating new parks
- Transport

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