Alfred Place… Gardens: Council turns road into new park

Project described as 'antidote to city life'

Tuesday, 15th March

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The brand new look in Alfred Park Gardens

A ROAD in one of Camden’s busiest areas has been turned into a new open space.

Alfred Place Gardens – close to Tottenham Court Road in Bloomsbury – is being hailed as “the first new park for this part of the borough in a quarter of a century”.

The striking transformation of a street which only two years ago could be driven down like any other road in London is part of the West End Project.

To celebrate the opening of the park the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Sabrina Frances invited children and parents from her supported charity Gingerbread, to be the first to try out the new play equipment.

How the road used to look

Over the summer there will be tours for local residents and businesses, led by council officers, the park’s designers LDA and idverde who constructed the park for a behind the scenes look at how the project team transformed tarmac to trees.

Tim South, project lead from LDA Design, said:“It has been a privilege to turn this unremarkable West End street into an antidote to city life – a distinctive, nature-rich community space for local residents, workers, shoppers and visitors to enjoy and a welcome refuge from the bustle of Tottenham Court Road.

He added: “We’re thrilled with the results and can’t wait to see people using it as a family play space, or to exercise, or to meet friends or to just take a moment. Everyone’s going to love it as the seasons change. We need more spaces like Alfred Place Gardens across our cities – and fast.”

The new open space is open for visitors

Camden’s environment chief Councillor Adam Harrison said: “Research has shown that parks and green spaces directly benefit the health of a community. Just two hours contact with natural environments, such as parks, a week can reduce the risk of poor health by 45 per cent.”

The plan is for visitors to enjoy the new gardens through the seasons, including flowering spring bulbs currently emerging along the winding path.

Environment chief Adam Harrison does a spot of gardening

Other green space investment delivered through the West End Project, include Whitfield Gardens and the pocket parks at Capper Street and Bedford Avenue, where road junctions have been turned into small green spaces for people to enjoy.

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