City Crit: Camden Highline

Join Adam Richards for a tour of the proposed Camden Highline park connecting Camden Town to King’s Cross

Starts:

11:00am, Saturday, 18 May 2019

Until:

01:00pm, Saturday, 18 May 2019

Tour Guides

Adam Richards

Tickets: £15 Standard // AF Members 20% Discount with code

Duration: 2 hrs

Start: Camden Collective, 5-7 Buck Street, NW1 8NJ

Getting There: Camden Town or Camden Road stations

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This walk will cover the history, design and funding of the Camden Highline – focussing on a disused stretch of Victorian viaduct. The ambitious project – promoted by Camden Town Unlimited –  will transform the 1.2km railway line into an elevated park and garden walk that links Camden Town to King’s Cross by a 10-minute walk.

The tour is at street level and will pass beneath several bridges the Highline will re-use, as well as notable Camden buildings including Grimshaw’s Sainsbury’s and Benson & Forsyth’s Maiden Lane Estate. The project was envisioned by a geographer, Oliver O'Brien, who wrote about twelve potential high line locations to rival the New York High Line and described the Camden location as the ‘best’.

Studio Weave and Architecture 00 won an invited competition two years ago to create initial concepts for the route. Camden Town Unlimited is currently working to achieve the permissions (landowner approval, planning permission etc) and fundraising for the construction cost. A design competition to take the scheme forward to the next stage is planned to begin later this year.

Tour Guide:

Adam Richards has worked on the Camden Highline since its inception and has a background in architecture and politics. Adam previously worked in the public sector, and for the Centre for London think tank. He is an Arts Emergency Mentor.

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