Green Lanes – Green Loop

Project Category: Public Sector organisation

  • Our Story

    East architects have been appointed by London Borough of Haringey to design a comprehensive public realm OLF scheme along the length of Green Lanes.

    East is supported by a design team which includes Studio Dekka (Lighting specialists) Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, engineers HRW, Shape Access Art, Infrastruct CS (Drainage engineers) and artist Alex Rich.

    Our Pocket Park proposals are located midway along Green Lanes, between the junction of the Salisbury Pub at St Ann’s Road, and Haringey United Church at Allison Road. These two junctions and the space between present an opportunity to make a new green space between two larger existing ones; Finsbury park to the South and Ducketts Common to the North.

    At the Salisbury Pub junction, we propose to plant a tree grove that will provide opportunities to pause, relax and for social engagement along the busy High Street.

    Further along at Allison Road, Haringey United Church is set back behind a mixture of boundary treatments and does not take advantage of its prominent corner location. By improving these boundary treatments through ‘greening’ and a new illuminated sign, we aim to emphasise this important asset as well as inform people of others close by such as ‘New River’ walk.

    Between these two junctions, extensive tree planting and a planted ‘Arbour’ will provide a green corridor and a planted promenade along which to walk and enjoy the many shops. The location of our Pocket Park between Ducketts Common and Finsbury Park is important because the space between them lacks any greenery. Its proximity to the ‘New River’ walk would enable us to make a ‘Green Loop’ – physically linking the Pocket Park to an existing green asset through extensive planting. Together, these three different spaces add up to an attractive and accessible Pocket Park. It would offer a variety of characters and experiences whilst greatly enhancing a number of existing assets and provide this part of Green Lanes.

    Our Pocket Park proposals will build upon a previously successful ‘Round 2 OLF’ bid by the ‘Green Lanes Strategy Group’ and will enhance the ‘TfL Corridor scheme’, by bringing a layer of greenery to the High Street. The TfL scheme can be defined as a general upgrade and renewal project and will consist of the following enhancements to Green Lanes;

    – Widening and renewal of footways

    – Improving and relocating formal and informal crossings

    – Raising of level road surfaces and new junction entry treatments

    – Rationalising and improving cycling facilities

    – Relocating bus stops to more logical and accessible locations

    – De-cluttering signage

    This renewal work will be complimented by a series of more place-specific treatments through the OLF bid including;

    – High quality Granite kerb pieces

    – Special signage

    – Feature lighting

    – Bespoke seats and resting points

    – A series of shop front improvements

    Whilst these two projects will greatly improve Green Lanes, they will not provide the green spaces that the area is currently lacking. Our Pocket Park would strengthen the presence of existing green spaces in the vicinity of the High Street, provide a new green oasis for the street itself and compliment the existing TfL and OLF projects.

    The junction of the Salisbury pub building is a key moment along Green Lanes. It provides a connection to the East, as well as marking the start of the Town Centre to the South. The space is largely defined by the grand Victorian architecture of The Salisbury Pub which provides a strong and characterful contrast to the rhythm of the terraced buildings flanking Green Lanes. An opportunity exists here to transform a busy street corner into a small green park. A blander recent building opposite the pub offers an opportunity for a public use at ground level.  

    Our actions seek to celebrate The Salisbury Pub as a key piece of orientation, social interaction and identity, and to provide a small park at the corner of this busy junction in the following ways;

    – Widening the existing footway outside the pub building to help make a generous public space. Colourful, fragrant planting in and next to new granite seating would feature here

    – Extensive tree planting to both sides of the junction; a tree grove for the pub building, and a fragrant planted screen to hide existing bins across the road. This planting will extend the greenery from the ‘ladder’ roads onto the High Street. Trees here are proposed to be native species such as oaks and beech to support wildlife.

    – A large mature ‘Liriodendron tulipifera’ tree in front of The Salisbury Pub

    – New patterned paving with low-level planting in ‘patterned cracks’ to provide rain gardens where foot traffic is low

    – Extending some of the special architectural elements of the Salisbury building out onto a new generous space at the corner of the road. These could include the design of temporary seating which celebrate the buildings special Neo-Classical columns

    – A drinking fountain for people, dogs and birds to enjoy, and to give the sound of running water. This, together with the fragranced species of planting, will help the visually impaired to identify this special place

    – SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage) to irrigate trees and other planting. Rainwater will be used where possible to irrigate naturally

    View on the Salisbury pub building and St Ann’s junction

    The planting in the granite troughs outside the Salisbury Pub could refer to the flowers shown in the beautiful ironwork screen at the pub’s entrance, for example red lily-flowered tulips and anemone coronaria.

    Example of a tree grove like the one proposed opposite The Salisbury Pub Example of kerb-side planting outside The Salisbury Pub  

    ‘Liriodendron tulipifera’ flowers of the proposed tree at the Salisbury Pub

    The Church Yard

    The Haringey United Church located at the junction of Allison Road is set back from the main road. It is situated where the character of Green Lanes, running North, starts to change to a wider, looser urban structure. A mixture of boundary treatments including fences, railings and signs set an underwhelming tone for this important physical and community asset.

    Our actions seek to substantially improve this space and to allow the significant architecture of the church building to become more visible to the public from the High Street in the following ways;

    – Extensive deciduous planting in the Church yard

    – A soft planted front boundary that can be maintained by the church  

    – The lighting of existing trees in the church yard

    – A new fragrant climber and ‘insect wall’ boundary treatment to Allison Road, making a sign to the nearby ‘New River’ walk and attracting bees and butterflys

    – Climbers such as wild honeysuckle, travellers joy and ivy for the screen are selected to be native, attractive to wildlife and fragrant.

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