Radical repairs to urban fabric
When it was built in the 1960s, the Westway unintentionally disrupted the historic pattern of the local streets and residential plots, breaking up the urban fabric between the settlements and segregating the population. A radical solution to the problem caused by the transport architecture was called for.
Releasing valuable land
By demolishing the Westway and moving the traffic to tunnels with entry portals at White City and Edgware Road, highly valuable land in the area is released and the urban fabric and historic street patterns are repaired.
Our spatial capacity study enabled us to understand the existing heights and massing and to design a scheme that respects the character of the area. New homes, schools and social infrastructure are tied into existing residential areas; together with a more commercial focus towards Paddington Central in the east. Land around Westbourne Park and Royal Oak underground stations is re-purposed to utilise these valuable pieces of railway infrastructure as are land plots adjoining the Grand Union Canal.