As both a local resident and a landscape architect I have been aware of The Goodsyard development for many years, monitoring its progress through various stages of the planning system. Having seen the site pretty much unused and derelict for so many years I always thought this project was a critical development for the area.
Shoreditch has become a very popular destination within London, attracting many young people who enjoy the area’s buzz of creative activity. Bringing this derelict site back into use, retaining and enhancing the character of the area, is a huge opportunity which requires particular attention paid to spaces open for the public to enjoy.
The Goodsyard will create 5.45 acres of new park and public realm, with a design that draws on the historic fabric of the site. The space will be a rich multi-layered landscape evolving ‘From the Ground Up’, which we imagine as a transitional experience from city to wilderness. A bustling ground level public realm is to re-connect this lost part of Shoreditch back to the neighbourhood. The project’s centrepiece is the new public park that will be created on top of the historic railway viaduct, drawing inspiration from New York’s successful High Line.
The Spacehub + Friends team that carried out the design work for the public space is a collective of small local design practices who have come together specifically for the project. We believed the unique opportunities at The Goodsyard could best be delivered by a team with a greater diversity of skills and expertise than any one single company.
We’ve been rewarded in that thinking, with The Goodsyard landscape design being commended at the recent New London Architecture (NLA) Awards 2015, the pre-eminent awards for new development in London.
The development of The Goodsyard is a unique opportunity to create a very special space for the community - a peaceful retreat that is enchanting, playful, ecologically rich and expressive of its historical narrative.
Director of Spacehub and local resident