Thank you to everyone who attended our first Highline Q&A, which you can watch here. We were blown away by the response; it’s one thing getting lovely comments one-by-one but having a room full of them coming at once was something special!

This also meant that we got way more questions than we could answer, but since then we’ve been hard at work doing so, and here they are! We had over eighty, so we’ve split them into themes and responded to similar ones in one go:

Access Rules

  • Please could you confirm whether or not this will be a pedestrian only walk.

We responded to this live, so please see here for our full response. The quick answer is that we’re trying to avoid predetermining things ahead of consultation and design, but we’re live to the concerns around cycling.

  • Will it be closed at night time or accessible 24/7?

The design of Camden Highline, the UK’s latest green infrastructure project, has been awarded to a team led by James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind South Park at Q.E. Olympic Park and New York High Line, in collaboration with vPPR Architects, following a two-stage international competition organised by Colander Associates. They will now work with the local community to reimagine a three-quarter mile of disused railway viaduct as a new walking route, park and open space for community activity.

Grassroots charity, Camden Highline, has today announced a winner following their five-month search for the design team who will deliver London’s new elevated park, linking Camden Town to King’s Cross. The highly sought-after prize saw a distinguished jury deliberate 76 entries and 5 shortlists before allocating the successful bid to James Corner Field Operations.

First stages will see the winning design team consult with the local community and key stakeholders to create an inclusive design plan for the ambitious new walkway and advance it through the planning process. Camden Highline will be a positive example of London’s post-Covid recovery, connecting…

The Camden Highline charity has shortlisted five design teams from talent across the globe, all in with a chance to deliver the exceptional new green passage that will connect Camden Town to King’s Cross. The shortlisted entries all examined the relationships between humans and nature to define their individual approach for creating London’s very own Highline.

Following a two-month international design competition, Camden Highline has today announced a shortlist of five groups drawn from the seventy-six entries to deliver the newest park in the capital. The charity is searching to find the studio that can realise their ambitious vision of converting 1.1km of disused railway into a new green link, bridging Camden Town and King’s Cross.

The extraordinary nature of the brief did not go unnoticed, with high-quality entries being submitted from industry-leaders across the globe, all required to address the ‘creative tensions that exist between an urban environment and the natural world’. The Jury —…

We spoke to Caroline Cole, founder of Colander Associates, who are managing our design competition.

CH: Firstly, can you tell us who are Colander Associates? What do you guys do?

Colander Associates are specialists in bringing people together to make amazing projects. Simply, we exist to help people with aspirations to build something special in a town or a city find the best design consultants for their projects.

Volunteer helping clean-up the site of our pocket park, Camden Gardens.

CH: Can you tell us what drew you to the Camden Highline project?

We like to work on projects that add value, not just to our clients but to the communities in which the projects are located. …

End of term report

During 2019/20 academic year, we worked with students at two local STEAM Hub schools (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), Regent High School and Parliament Hill School, to deliver our second Education Programme. 🎨📚🏫🏗️✏️

Thanks to the support of The Span Trust, John Lyon’s Charity and our brilliant community of Camden Highliners, we were able to deliver a series of workshops to 40 pupils across Camden. We worked with Urban Learners to help give Camden’s young people the skills and opportunities to play a part in the borough’s thriving creative, digital and scientific economy in the future.

Although COVID-19…

The Camden Highline, a charity with an aspiring vision for the conversion of disused railway into a creative green space, today launches an exciting competition for the project’s lead design studio. The winners will work closely with local community groups and stakeholders to welcome a sensational new green space that links Camden Town to Kings Cross.

Camden Highline Visualisation, Studio Weave & Project00.

The Camden Highline continues to gather momentum with a promising new search for a diverse and radical team that can both design and deliver their exciting proposal for a 15-minute green walking route, inspired by the iconic New York Highline. Occupying 1.1km of disused railway viaduct, the Highline will be a remarkable landscaped space, offering a unique perspective on the city and linking Camden Market, Camden Road, Camley Street and Kings Cross to each other and to their local communities.

We spoke to the team behind our improvements to Camden Gardens park

CH: What is Studio MUTT? Can you introduce yourselves…

MUTT is an award-winning architecture studio founded by Graham Burn, James Crawford and Alexander Turner, with roots in London and Liverpool. With one of us living just up the road from the park for a period we were well aware of Camden Gardens and its need for a little TLC.

The underlying mission of our studio is to create characterful projects which are unique, specific and joyful.

Are you passionate about the promoting careers in the built environment?

Camden Highline Education Programme Volunteer

Salary: Unpaid (this is a volunteering role)

Location: London Borough of Camden

Dates: Multiple workshops typically 2–3 hours in length running during February and March 2020

Are you passionate about the promoting careers in the built environment?

Can you share your experience, knowledge and ideas with Camden’s Young People?

About Us

The Camden Highline is a proposed public park and garden walk transforming the disused railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross into a new green artery for London.

Running alongside the project’s design and fundraising activities we are recruiting volunteers to help us deliver high-quality creative workshops during our 2020 Education Programme.

We want the Highline to become a beacon for what positive and sustainable development of the city can look like, for others…

A publication by Sheppard Robson

We partnered with Sheppard Robson to deliver the very first Camden Highline Education Programme and we thought we’d share some of our favorite extracts from their publication Opening Doors Opening Minds that includes projects that have been both practice-led and self-initiated, either by providing the time, space or patronage to bring them to fruition.

Looking at the architecture industry, as well as the wider built environment and creative industries, there is an essential need for greater diversity.

The challenge of addressing this issue is made even more acute considering the cost of design education — architectural thinking should not be…

More schools, more students and more ideas coming soon!

Thanks to the support of The Span Trust, John Lyon’s Charity and Friends of the Camden Highline we’re beyond excited to announce a bigger and better Education Programme beginning this academic year!

We’ll be working with Urban Learners to help give Camden’s Young People the skills and opportunities to play a part in the borough’s thriving creative, digital and scientific economy in the future.

That means more schools, more students and more ideas coming soon!

Torriano School Year 5 students investigating structures during our 18/19 Education Programme

Get Involved

Do you work in the built environment? If you’re a an architect, urban designer, planner, project manager, engineer, surveyor, heritage specialist, regeneration practitioner — or you may not fit into any one of those categories!) …

Camden Highline

Transforming the disused railway between Camden Town and King's Cross into a new green artery for London.

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