Alfred Place in central London was an unremarkable back street, car dominated and with narrow pavements. Now it has been transformed into a tranquil green oasis. Renamed Alfred Place Gardens, it
Alfred Place in central London was an unremarkable back street, car dominated and with narrow pavements.
Now it has been transformed into a tranquil green oasis. Renamed Alfred Place Gardens, it is the first park in the area for over 25 years and part of Camden Council’s £35m West End Project, which radically overhauls traffic and public realm. As part of this LDA Design are transforming streets and spaces for people and nature.
The park creates lounging lawns, spaces for play, biodiverse planting, with better air quality. Elegant, curved timber seating along a meandering path is designed to encourage sociability, providing an antidote to city life.
The project team wanted to set the highest design benchmark. The Gardens provide a variety of experiences for users, and the planting creates cohesion. A series of outdoor rooms provide woodland and play glades, lounging lawns and a flexible events space. The street’s mature London Plane trees have all been retained and are joined by a line of Amelanchier and Birch, which provide dappled shade.
Tim South, Associate and landscape design lead for the Alfred Place project will describe the journey through the development of the original concept, the technical challenges of design development, construction, and the joy of delivery.
Walk: 11am – 12 noon, starts at Alfred Place Gardens
Talk: 2pm – 3pm at The Building Centre
FREE – Just Turn Up
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