The green light has been announced for the first stretch of the Camden Highline, an elevated urban parkfor London, an outcome of the transformation of railway tracks long in disuse. Drawing inspiration from New York’s High Line, the 12-kilometer-long walkway will be built in three phases: from Camden Gardens to Royal College Street, then eastward to Camley Street, and finally up to York Way. Each segment will have its own character, in response to the different neighborhoods and contexts along the way, and will include a children’s play zone, food gardens, and an open-air classroom.
The project began as a crowdfunding campaign and is being carried out by James Corner Field Operations (which did New York’s High Line), the London architecture practice vPPR (Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease, Jessica Reynolds), and the garden designer Piet Oudold.
While the go-ahead for the start of construction has been given, the fundraising continues and the Camden Highline organization is calling for donations to help gather the 14 million pounds sterling needed to pay for the first phase of the project and get actual building work underway. The inauguration of this initial phase of Camden Highline is programmed for 2025.