London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s plan to create 100 public spaces around the capital took a step forward this week as he revealed the next 10 schemes to be given funding.
He made the announcement at the launch of an exhibition entitled Civilising Spaces: Improving London’s Public Realm at the New London Architecture space, which tracks the progress of the first 24 projects. The mayor said the whole face of London needed to change to welcome the 2012 Olympics. The 10 schemes are: the A1/Highbury Corner, Bow church, Erith town centre, Gants Hill, Kender Triangle/New Cross Gate, Potters Fields Park, the Romford Ring/North Street, Silvertown Quays/Pontoon Dock, Wembley stadium station square and West India Quay.
The list of 10 marks the third phase of the 100 Public Spaces programme, which is led by the London Development Agency, Transport for London and the Mayor’s Architecture + Urbanism Unit, headed by Richard Rogers.
Livingstone said: “For too long London’s public realm has been neglected and ignored. Now we have an opportunity to get things right by rebalancing the spaces of the city for people and cars. I believe that the street is the lifeblood of city life. When well designed, streets and public spaces bring people together in a civilised and safe environment.”