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Regents Canal

So, we looked for solutions

The Mayor of London allocated us a portion of the Air Quality Fund. We were to begin a project which encouraged pedestrians to use a lower-exposure route between Camden Town and Kings Cross. Our first feasibility report with CityscapesUK explored our ideas and how we could turn them to reality.

View the document.

It all started when...

We heard people's concerns about Regents Canal. We have a beautiful natural space on our doorstep which doesn't realise its potential, and antisocial and criminal behaviour can make it an unsafe place to be.

 
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We identified what we wanted 

Now we knew what we wanted to achieve. A public space with a thriving local ecology, safe to use in both day time and the evening. An inviting area owned by all surrounding stakeholders. Interventions and destinations that reflect the local Camden Town culture and history. A towpath that lends itself to one-off events, walks, days out...

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Project Elements

  • A new lighting strategy that makes the bridges less intimidating to walk under but also avoids disturbing local wildlife.
  • Reed beds and planting schemes that bring the natural world to life, inject the environment with exciting new life and spark conversation about where nature meets the urban world. 
  • Manage towpath improvements and where possible widening to allow pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy a wider area of space.
  • To curate art murals and installations that invite you to stop, consider and enjoy. 
  • To engage with local stakeholders and encourage a sense of ownership and pride.

Current work...

We have Urban Growth working on the first steps of this project - clearing overgrown foliage, anything that is obstructing the path and vegetation that has piled up. Giving us a blank canvas to begin with...