PLP Architecture is the masterplan consultant leading a large multi-disciplinary team of engineers, urban and environmental professionals for Old Oak Park. With its 17.4 hectares, the masterplan is a significant catalyst for regeneration of West London and as such one of the most strategically important sites for the future of the capital. This vast swathe of industrial land will be transformed into a thriving new district, creating much needed new homes and jobs, a new school, high quality parks and open spaces benefiting from incredible new transport connections and access to the Grand Union Canal.
Old Oak Park is a place where Londoners want to live and work. However, the masterplan is equally concerned with stitching in with the surrounding existing and future communities. Understanding the need for integration, we are promoting not only road and public transport connections but also shared community facilities and economic growth transcending the borders of the masterplan. This is one of the keys to a flexible and future-proof masterplan.
The Old Oak Park site is currently an isolated island surrounded and cut across by railway lines. To reconnect the site with the surrounding seven new routes are proposed. A railway line located on an embankment is dividing the site in two. To ensure Old Oak Park is a permeable and well-functioning community PLP has proposed lifting the railway crossing the site up onto new viaduct. This will reunite the site, create a large central square at its heart and unlock the full development potential. A new high street goes under the viaduct. It connects Old Oak Park to Willesden Junction in the north and to the new HS2 and Crossrail station in the south. The new high street links three local stations and provides a direct and pedestrian and cycle friendly connection that could be extended as far as Harlesden and Wormwood Scrubs.
Urban Regeneration / Masterplanning
As a well-connected place with excellent access to public transport Old Oak Park will deliver up to 6,500 homes balanced by open space occupying over one third of the site. A 1km walkway along the Grand Union Canal will open up the northern site of the canal for the first time ever and create a vibrant public linear park flanked by canal side homes and cafés. Parks and squares are provided across the site to ensure that every resident will have a neighbourhood space around the corner reflecting the characteristic of the area and its users. Additional communal courtyards and private amenity space will be provided throughout. To create a suitable community it is also important to respond to the local and London-wide demand for different types of homes and for residents to be able to move locally to suit their needs at different stages of their lives.