Remember Finsbury Circus Gardens? You might not: it's been a while.
London's first public park, dating back to 1606 — and the largest green space in the Square Mile — has been closed for just over 10 years.
Back in March 2010, Crossrail took over the site as part of the construction project — using the garden to access a section of tunnel between Farringdon and Liverpool Street underneath the park.
But from August 2020, Crossrail will be leaving and the park will be open again to the public.
An architecture design competition launched this summer, to generate proposals for the space focusing on creative and sustainable designs for a multifunctional public space, respecting the park's history. The City of London Corporation will be working with the winning architects to deliver their design over the coming year. In the meantime, a temporary lawn will be installed for the summer so that residents and local workers can have a few weeks of basking in the sunshine.