This unrealised scheme demonstrates how a typical London street - given adequate political will, a modest investment, and a commitment to ongoing maintenance – can be remade into a more widely shared community resource.
It was offered to Vauxhall Estate Resident & Tenants Association in response to their open call for designs that would turn Tyers Road – a wide swathe of bitmac cutting across the centre of their estate – from a worry into an asset.
The current, traditional street is a cut-through used predominantly by non-residents (car ownership in the area is very low, at nr. 35%) and residents have campaigned for years for a walking and bicycle-friendly street that would be more of an amenity. Shape took this as a starting point, making it a linear garden with extensive planting, places to sit, and an occasional play space.
The plan is based on a ‘low cost’ build out and uses only Lambeth Highways property, simply cutting away and removing sections of road, requiring only minor changes to existing drains and pavements.