The Inner Ring Park

Instead of the inner ring road that divides communities, this would be a park that connects.

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The Inner Ring Park

Transform the inner ring road into a continuous urban park

The Inner Ring Park proposes a 30-mile long continuous landscape that celebrates London’s diverse patchwork of villages. The inner ring road currently throttles many of London’s important civic, transport and cultural hubs, encircling pedestrians and funnelling them through subways under roundabouts. This proposal offers a way to tame these roads and provide a context for multiple activities.

Hyde Park and St James Park could meet at Hyde Park Corner by introducing a simple cross roads that integrates the memorials currently stuck out on a roundabout. There could be a great plaza at Marble Arch, an underground theatre at Old Street, and a dramatic promenade at Tower Gateway – a grand urban set piece with rows of plane trees marching towards the bridge. The New Kent Road and its roundabouts could be transformed with sports pitches and planted swales to catch the rain.

Projects are already happening along the ring road. At Aldgate the gyratory is being removed, while at Elephant and Castle there are proposals to re-imagine the roundabout as public space. This proposal is a call for a holistic urban design framework that can guide these individual developments towards the gradual transformation of the inner ring road into a continuous new park for London.

Categories

- Connectivity across the capital
- Transport

Location

Central London

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