Are These London's Most Exciting Future Public Spaces?

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 30 months ago
Are These London's Most Exciting Future Public Spaces?
Centre Point Public Square/St Giles Circus - Camden (due for completion 2017). A large new south-facing public square will be created in the centre of this major rehaul.
Centre Point Public Square/St Giles Circus - Camden (due for completion 2017). A large new south-facing public square will be created in the centre of this major rehaul.
Earls Court Masterplan (due for completion 2030). It hopes to create 7,500 much-needed new homes and 10,000 new jobs for Londoners, based on the concept of ‘four villages and a high street’.
Earls Court Masterplan (due for completion 2030). It hopes to create 7,500 much-needed new homes and 10,000 new jobs for Londoners, based on the concept of ‘four villages and a high street’.
Elephant Square (phase 1 due for completion 2016).  The roundabout will go, subways will become pedestrian crossings, and there'll be improved cycling lanes.
Elephant Square (phase 1 due for completion 2016). The roundabout will go, subways will become pedestrian crossings, and there'll be improved cycling lanes.
High Road West Masterplan, Tottenham, (design stage). Two new public spaces will appear alongside secure shared courtyards and private gardens.
High Road West Masterplan, Tottenham, (design stage). Two new public spaces will appear alongside secure shared courtyards and private gardens.
London Wall Place (due for completion summer 2017). A new garden will spring up here.
London Wall Place (due for completion summer 2017). A new garden will spring up here.
Pop Brixton (due to open shortly). A new community hub created from low-cost, low-energy shipping containers.
Pop Brixton (due to open shortly). A new community hub created from low-cost, low-energy shipping containers.
Thames Baths Project (due for completion 2017). Swimmers can bathe in naturally filtered river water pools and recreation space alongside the Victoria Embankment.
Thames Baths Project (due for completion 2017). Swimmers can bathe in naturally filtered river water pools and recreation space alongside the Victoria Embankment.
The Goodsyard – Bishopsgate Goods Yard, Shoreditch (proposal).  The redevelopment of this old station will introduce 5.45 acres of park and public realm.
The Goodsyard – Bishopsgate Goods Yard, Shoreditch (proposal). The redevelopment of this old station will introduce 5.45 acres of park and public realm.
Walthamstow Wetland (due for completion Spring 2017). When it opens it'll be the largest urban wetland nature reserve in London.
Walthamstow Wetland (due for completion Spring 2017). When it opens it'll be the largest urban wetland nature reserve in London.
West End Square, Camden, (completion due 2018). Congested one-way streets will transform into two-way, tree-lined streets, with protected cycle lanes and new public spaces.
West End Square, Camden, (completion due 2018). Congested one-way streets will transform into two-way, tree-lined streets, with protected cycle lanes and new public spaces.

With 263 towers of more than 20 storeys set to be built in London, there's ever more pressure on the public spaces that surround them. Think Tank New London Architecture is inviting us to consider this in its current exhibition, but has also selected 10 forthcoming public spaces it says are the capital's 'most exciting'.

The think tank worked with designers, politicians and developers to decide the list, which includes some you'd expect — such as the Thames Baths project — and some of the more controversial developments in the city, such as at Earls Court, and the High Road West regeneration of Tottenham. Both these have come under criticism from people worried about being priced out of their home area.

The politics of regeneration aside, New London Architecture says the list aims to "demonstrate the most exciting, thought-provoking and forward-thinking projects that will transform the capital and set an international standard of 21st century living".

What do you think? Are you looking forward to spending time in these spaces? Let us know in the comments below.

See also: What next for our public spaces?

Public London: 10 Years Of Public Spaces runs at NLA, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT, until 11 July. Entry is free.

Last Updated 28 May 2015

Spielo

Aren't all of these (or almost all of them) privately-owned spaces, not public spaces?

Gog Magog

"The politics of regeneration aside, New London Architecture says the list aims to “demonstrate the most exciting, thought-provoking and forward-thinking projects that will transform the capital and set an international standard of 21st century living”. - ....Yes, let's put those politics of regeneration aside. Ordinary Londoners can fuck off. Just give is a bit of windblown scraggy grass between a branch of Dirty Burger and a shop selling ironic cushions with pictures of Brutalist council estates and we'll be happy.

J.G. Ballard

A bit of context please. New London Architecture are supported by Boris Jonson and developers like LFWE and Middlesex Hospital demolishers Exemplar, so this is actually a pretty depressing look into what those kind of people regard the ideal London of the future.

Will

In Tottenham the plans will destroy homes that are occupied at the moment and privatise quite a lot of public housing space. The so called 'public square' is a walk way for Spurs fans to access the massive football stadium that is due to replace the current ground and the rdevelopment means demolition of the current traditional high street shops nd their replacement with insipid boring glass fronted units that you can find in Hong Kong or Miami! It us scandanlous travesty that it is being allowed by Haringey and the Mayor of London. Social cleansing and property speculation that benefits the few at the expense of the less well off and damages real communities that just need more support in the provision of normally accepted civic services better cared for and planned public realm investment and systems to care for these.
I dare not talk of the real jobs that will be lost when they demolish all the light industrial units north of White Hart Lane and replace these jobs with low paid insecure fast food (Mc Do/Costa/pret a Manger style) jobs!

Neil Evans

That's the first rendering I've seen of St.Giles Circus, as a local resident I approached the developers but sadly received no response to several requests for more information on what is being touted to investors and incoming brands as a landmark site complete with digital advertising boards to rival Piccadilly Circus.

It'd be good to know more about this in detail as we've seen from projects like the garden bridge that many important details can be easily airbrushed in architectures vision renderings.