Camden secured £1.1m for Queen’s Crescent from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. The funding was awarded to support a range of high street improvement works to better serve the Gospel Oak community, including locally co-designed public realm improvements and support for the market.
The community co-design stage of the project ran from January to May 2019. More than 160 responses were received, through a process that included public meetings, an on-street exhibition, walk-around events and 1:1 interviews with every day street users.
A wide range of opinions were expressed, and although views have sometimes been contrasting, a number of priorities and values were shared consistently. These results were brought together as a set of design principles:
- making space for the community
- celebrating culture and arrival
- supporting market life and micro business; and
- creating a healthy street
These principles guided the development of a Queen's Crescent Public Realm & Green Infrastructure Strategy, proposing improvements to the Malden Road entrance and Ashdown Crescent sections of the high street area. The strategy includes further details of the agreed interventions, and the wider community co-design process, but a summary is included below:
- awnings for businesses located at the Malden Road entrance
- better signage
- bollards with electricity supply for traders
- build outs in road to slow down traffic and provide space for tree pits
- catenary and tree lighting
- community information board
- consolidated Market (at the Malden Road end, retaining the potential for growth across the entire street)
- crescent-shaped paving at the Malden Road end of Queen’s Crescent
- green wall
- mature trees planting in the tree pits
- repainted Queen's Crescent Arch
- storage for market traders
- temporary tables and chairs to be managed by local businesses / library / others, to test principles of seating for elderly residents
- water fountain
The next stages of the project will involve detailed design and feasibility work on the proposed improvements. Some elements of the proposals may be subject to change depending on the findings of technical surveys, and materials and ongoing maintenance considerations. For example, different materials than those set out in the concept designs may need to be used for the proposed paving design at the Malden Road junction, and we may need to consider different lighting solutions to achieve the effects proposed in the report.
However, any changes will be made in line with the design principles, and with the aim of delivering the improvements listed. There will also be further opportunities for residents to comment on the developed design following this feasibility work. We will update this page with details of the formal consultation timetable once confirmed.
Construction and delivery is expected to take place in 2020.
As this report and its initial proposed designs are the the result of a consultative co-design process with the community, we are not formally seeking comments on it. However, at any stage of the project residents can share their thoughts or comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.