Create Boulevards

A community-led programme for the populist beautification and intensification of London’s arterial roads

"Brilliant neighbourhood planing guide from the social enterprise, Create Streets" Neil Parish MP

We’re also looking for examples of sites where the Create Boulevards approach could be appropriate, useful and popular

 

  • Is there an arterial road near you lacking a sense of ‘place’ character and human life?

  • Might you and your neighbours be interested in doing something about it?

  • Do you know a specific plot in the city where a few more storeys could be added to an existing site?

  • This would ideally be on an arterial road but not necessarily. Can you send a photo & location? A direct Google Maps link is probably the simplest way to to show precisely the location.

 

We’d love to hear your suggestions. We’ll share them on here and also on our Twitter account.

 

 

London’s arterial roads are some of the most important in the city. But too many are underdeveloped, polluted, ugly and unpleasant. None strategically make any use of express busses or light rail to improve transport into the city centre. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Intensely used avenues or boulevards can be beautiful and busy. It’s time to be more ambitious. It’s time for a change.

 

In the Create Boulevards discussion paper, available here we are proposing a partially community-led programme for the populist beautification and intensification of London’s arterial roads with a range of beautiful, popular medium-rise developments with pre-set designs agreed by local communities to permit faster higher development of more homes.

 

We are proposing more trees (where there is space) and an enhanced system of express busses and (whisper it) trams to cut journey times, reduce pollution and return London’s historic arterial roads to their true breadth of purpose and potential for beauty. If we want them to be, many of London’s arterial roads could be just as beautiful and busy as those of Paris though (probably) in a more cluttered and idiosyncratic London way!

 

You can read more about the project in this article by Kieran Toms on City Metric here

 

We want to crowd-source your expertise and ideas to turn Create Boulevards into a fully worked up manifesto for action. Please send us any ideas, concerns, relevant information. Thank you.

Please email your suggestions to kieran@createstreets.com

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holloway2 lambeth

Location: Holloway Road, Islington

Suggested by @Mr_Bricolage & @SusanLowenthal

Location: Clapham Road, Lambeth

Suggested by @KeaneMJ

Rye Lane

Location: Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15.

Suggested by @TamsieThomson

rushey Green

Location: Rushey Green, Catford, SE6.

Suggested by @Myles_Bartoli

Looking East 2 cropped

Location: Euston Road, NW1.

Suggested by @richmondie

Francis Euston Steed Kingsway

Euston Boulevard by Francis Terry & Associates

Kingsway Boulevard by Alexandra Steed Urban

Albert Embankment Camberwell New Road talgarth road Theobolds Road shaftesbury Avenue

Location: Shaftesbury Avenue, W1.

Suggested by @andrewnaughtie

Location: Talgarth Road, W6

Suggested by @Strawbugs

wellesley road

Location: Albert Embankment, SE1.

Suggested by @KeaneMJ

Location: Camberwell New Road, SW9 Suggested by @Graham88464926

Location: Wellesley Road, CR0.

Suggested by @angus_fx

Woolwich Road

Location: Woolwich Road SE7 Suggested by @ymtluck

Location: Theobold's Road, WC1.

Suggested by @camdencyclists

Location: Victoria Road, NW10.

Suggested by @ForumOon

Victoria Road Urban Engineering Studio Steed Urban Francis Terry JTP HTA LFA Space Syntax

As part of the Create Boulevards programme, Create Streets arranged for communities and architects across London to team up for mini-charrettes where they together created their vision for boulevards in their local area. Each event was an opportunity for the local community to share their knowledge and understanding of their area with expert architects. Together they drew up a vision for these roads, and how they could, and should, look and feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday 30th of June, nearly 100 attendees packed into The Gallery on Cowcross Street, for an entertaining and enlightening discussion as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The outcomes of these fantastic workshops were exhibited and a panel discussed how London can go about Creating boulevards like these in the future.

 

The panel was made up of industry experts and local residents, and ably hosted by Jonn Elledge of City Metric. On the agenda was the future of London’s major roads, and how we can move towards making them more attractive, popular places in which people want to live, work and play – and how communities, architects, local government and investors can work together to that end. A lively and passionate audience added to the discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

Image from Clapham Road Mini-Charrette on Tuesday May 2nd, at Ludlow Thompson, Lambeth Road. With Urban Engineering Studio and Alexandra Steed URBAN

Image from Grove Park Mini-Charrette, on Sunday April 30th, at The Ringway Centre, Baring Road, Lewisham. With HTA Design

20170430_162310 Clapham Road Workshop twitter image from jtp.jpg-large

Image from Holloway Road, Charrette With JTP Architects  on Saturday May 20th, at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Rd, London N7 6PA

Please email your suggestions to kieran@createstreets.com

photo from steed 2 NBS image

Here are images from the three mini-charrettes that took place in April and May 2017 in Grove Park, Lewisham; Clapham Road, Lambeth; and Holloway Road, Islington.

 

Many thanks to the residents and urban design professionals who took part and made these events so productive (and enjoyable!)

Example of JTP HTA Example

The community and JTP's ideas for Holloway Road. Click here for the full exhibition boards

The community and HTA's ideas for Holloway Road. Click here for the full exhibition boards

The community and Alexandra Steed and Urban Engineering Studio's ideas for Clapham Road. Click here for the full exhibition boards

Clapham Boulevard Image