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PDP London

Working with Macfarlane and Associates Landscape Architects, Greengage sustainability consultants and Studio 4215 environment consultants.

The Low Line Commons

It puts the local community, as well as nature, at the heart of the project. The design offers four interlinked themes to help guide the emerging Low Line: productive green infrastructure; convivial public space; diverse and green economy; and historical and cultural connections.

The Low Line will create accessible new green connections and incorporate a variety of ecological interventions, helping to improve local air quality and create a healthier environment. It proposes a sustainable drainage system using ecological engineering methods, such as bioswale planting, and street-level rain gardens, to avoid surface flooding and store water. The project features increased green infrastructure – tree planting, community gardens and wildlife habitats – to help create a ‘sense of place’ for the community and encourage more people to visit the Low Line.

Given the Low Line meanders through all sorts of neighbourhoods, the Low Line Commons stood out by really addressing the intricacies of the project and making people its chief concern – with communities and ecology at its heart. Donald Hyslop, Chair of Better Bankside and the Low Line Steering Group

© Royal Institute of British Architects 2019