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The Background

The project is part of the award winning Church Street Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan. The Church Street Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan acknowledges that there is a need for a dramatic change around Church Street in the public realm in order to address many of the issues in the area.

What Is The Green Spine

Westminster City Council has appointed Landscape Architects BDP who are in the process of producing a design for the ‘Green Spine’ project so that it can be implemented next year. The project is part of the award winning Church Street Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan. 

Its implementation is an opportunity to create “London’s most liveable neighbourhood” with an enduring legacy for residents and visitors. The Green Spine is conceived as a new park that creates a pedestrian focused route running north-south through the Church Street area linking Lisson Gardens, Broadley Gardens, Church Street, the new Luton Street development, Fisherton Estate and Orange Park. 

The team has spoken with the local community, key stakeholders and the general public to hear thoughts and views on the Green Spine study area which has been used to develop the planning application. The planning application is currently out for comment on the planning portal https://www.westminster.gov.uk/search-planning-applications-and-decisions where you can view the full application with the reference: 17/06139/COFUL. Or alternatively find out more on how to engage with us here: http://www.greenspinelondon.com/comment/

Previous studies

A ‘Church Street Green Spine Charter’ developed by Westminster City Council in conjunction with the local community sets the vision for the project and identifies a preferred approach to its future management. This consultation is to build upon the Charter and develop ideas based on the following aspirations:
• To create a ‘sense of place’ valued by all locals
• All spaces are safe and secure
• That play & amenity space for all age groups is provided
• Is green and attractive
• Is pedestrian focussed
• Is ecologically friendly
• Can be effectively managed to sustain its value
• Has a heart - with space which can be used for local events

Above: Images by Grant Associates from Church Street and Paddington Green Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan 2013

Above: Images by Grant Associates from Church Street and Paddington Green Infrastructure and Public Realm Plan 2013

Who We Are

Founded in 1961 on an enduring ethos of collaboration and people focused design, BDP is now the largest interdisciplinary design-led firm in Europe. Our Urbanism Team sits at the heart of the practice and combines the skills of urban design, landscape architecture and urban planning within a single consultant team. We have implemented a large number of public realm and landscape projects across London and the UK, including streets and spaces within the Mayfair & Belgravia estates, Victoria, Lewisham and Deptford Town Centres, Whitchapel and Watford to name but a few. Our London Studio is located in Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell. The Client and Project Manager for this project is Westminster City Council.