Harrow Road Place Plan – London

Westminster City Council

Accertum / Daisy Froud / Expedition Engineering / JCLA / NRP / Studio Dekka / Waterway Projects

5th Studio – appointed through a competitive tender via the GLA’s ADUP II Framework – is leading a multidisciplinary design team to produce a concept masterplan for Harrow Road and its environs. Following on from the masterplan, the team will develop detailed design for three strategic sites, working closely with residents and stakeholders, to be delivered via the GLA’s Good Growth Fund.

The project seeks to transform and revitalising the high street and canal to bring forward much needed improvements to the area. Public realm projects at Maida Hill Market – the heart of the high street – and Westbourne Green and Canal Terrace (Queen’s Park) – the intersections of the high street and canal – are due to be implemented in 2022.

5th Studio is leading a consultant team that includes regular collaborators Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects (JCLA), Studio Dekka, Expedition Engineering, Accertum, Daisy Froud (leading the consultation work) and Waterway Projects. The team has recently worked with the Council on ‘Paddington Places’, the public realm and connectivity strategy for neighbouring North Paddington.

Harrow Road has a diverse and close-knit community but suffers from severances caused by the Westway and the railway corridor. Its inclusion in the North Westminster Economic Development Area recognises that regeneration and growth is required to improve employment and social opportunities. The Council and the community have established four objectives for the Harrow Road Place Plan: create a 21st century high street; improve access to public open space; ensure a socially sustainable future; benefit from future development. This next phase, particularly the delivery of the three key public realm projects, aims to be a catalyst for wider regeneration and investment to meet these objectives.

Key locations for interventions along Harrow Road

Findings from public consultation events are being used to set the design ambitions for the projects

Canal Terrace – A series of improvements at the Harrow Road Open Space (canal terrace) seek to establish a better relationship to the canal, and create a more welcoming environment. A new terrace with seating and new planting opposite the library will open up views to the canal and create an outdoor reading room. New trees and planting alongside in channel ecological improvements will create tranquil spaces alongside the terrace.

Maida Hill Market Place – 5th Studio’s proposals seek to re-establish this important space at the core of the high street, as a forum for civic and community life. The square will be decluttered to create a flexible events space, supported by a new structure housing an accessible public convenience. A new cycle route, market infrastructure, planting, lighting, and street furniture will help to establish an inviting and safe space for all.

Westbourne Green – This open space has a unique opportunity to create a partnership between residents, the voluntary sector and Westminster City Council and bring improvements to the park and alongside the Grand Union Canal. 5th Studio have developed proposals to improve accessibility to the park spaces, with improved and new routes for walking and cycling, better connections to the canal towpath, and furniture and lighting to support new outdoor community uses.




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