"Green vision" for London: new homes among parks and gardens

Railways, roads, canals and rivers are being earmarked to play their part in inviting nature back into the capital, with new homes builders being encouraged to weave green space into designs for new-build flats and houses
* “Green infrastructure” will unlock inaccessible transport corridors and create linear parks and platforms for pedestrians and cyclists

* New watery spaces proposed are floating gardens on the Thames, a linear lido along Regent’s Canal between Little Venice and Limehouse, and a vineyard spanning the river between London Bridge and Monument

* A new linear park at Nine Elms, where 16,000 homes are planned at Embassy Gardens

* A five-acre “lost river park” is being re-established at redeveloped Earls Court exhibition centre, creating 7,500 homes in four new villages

Embassy Gardens
Part of the new initiative is to unlock inaccessible transport corridors, creating linear parks for pedestrians and cyclists

A new “green vision” for London has been launched by some of the capital’s brightest and best designers, architects and eco-campaigners. The New London Landscape is a powerful initiative to put creative landscaping and nature at the heart of residential communities.

Embassy Gardens: a linear Park for Nine Elms
New York’s much-praised High Line project, a mile-long aerial greenway on an elevated section of disused railway, is the inspiration for a linear park at Nine Elms, London’s biggest regeneration zone, where 16,000 homes are planned. Five major projects are under construction.

The park will be the pedestrian spine of this district between Vauxhall Bridge and Battersea Power Station, passing through Embassy Gardens, a complex of 1,982 homes that will form a horseshoe around the new US Embassy.

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The scheme brings a fresh dimension and scale to City-fringe living, where most residential developments are squeezed on to smaller plots. Apartments have projecting glass-walled winter gardens. Interiors by Johnson Naylor are characteristically swish and tasteful, space-efficient, with concealed storage. Silk House, the first phase, is due for completion in September 2015. Prices start at £490,000. Call 020 3217 1000.

Take a barge walk in Docklands

Well-received ideas include a barge walk in Docklands, a park alongside the New River running between Alexandra Palace and Sadler’s Wells, and a reinstated Fleet River channel as a new low-line park. The subterranean river, below Fleet Street in the City, has been covered since 1769. It would be opened up below street level, with pedestrian footpaths either side.

Another proposal is Suburban Kiss, which involves landscaping a section of the A20 arterial road through Greenwich and Bexley to provide a “green ribbon” between the city and the Green Belt.

One Tower Bridge
From £850,000: apartments at One Tower Bridge will have green zones and showpiece water features

Subterranean waterways: One Tower Bridge

One Tower Bridge, a 353-home development alongside City Hall, will have three green zones, a mix of hard and soft landscaping, each with a showpiece water feature, one of which will be a spectacular “water clock” with vertical jets which visitors will be able to control by interactive floor pads.

The cluster of eight buildings includes a 20-storey tower with just one apartment on each floor. Prices start at £850,000 Call Knight Frank on 020 7871 0011.

At Chelsea Creek, part of the giant Imperial Wharf development in south-west London, new parkland plus navigable canals with moorings are being created. The creek is for the most part a subterranean stream that flows in from the Thames.

The new canals and dock will be linked to the tidal Thames via rebuilt locks and a tunnel. Homes are being built alongside the waterways and tree-lined avenues. Prices start at £2,274,950, with cheaper homes coming soon. Call 020 7610 9693.

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