The Lido Line
A swimmable commuter route from Little Venice to Limehouse Basin? From Little Venice to the Limehouse Basin, the proposal would see Regent’s Canal made a clean, safe place to swim by carving out swimmable commuter routes using a breathable, multi-layered membrane that filters detritus and bacteria.
Earl's Court, SW5
At Lillie Square in Earl's Court, garden designer Andy Sturgeon was briefed to make the landscape more meaningful. "Now, wherever you are in the development, you’re in and among the plants.”
Earl's Court, SW5
The Lillie Square development, a former 7.5-acre car park, has one of the largest garden squares in west London that will sit in the heart of the development. More than 50 per cent of the site is devoted as green space a commendable first.
The Warehaus apartment scheme in Hackney has a centrepiece atrium showcasing a heated glass-bottomed swimming pool that also combines as the roof for the development. Visit uniondevelopments/warehaus.
At Battersea Power Station, residents can enjoy gardens as well as allotments at ground level and on the rooftop.
Battersea Power Station, SW11
"The new way of landscaping London is not about creating jaw-dropping vistas on a panoramic scale, but about making sustainable green spaces that will benefit both residents and the passing public, as well as the broader environment," says Pattie Barron
Canary Wharf, E14
From £395,000: flats at Wardian London in Canary Wharf will have private outdoor spaces with sweeping views, plus sky gardens, an open-air swimming pool and an observatory. Call 0800 404 8855.
From £299,000: flats at Aberfeldy Village will benefit from a London Wildlife Trust biodiversity strategy. A green corridor will run throughout the scheme and liquidambar trees - which produce magnificent autumn colours - are being cultivated off-site so they are mature when planted. Call 020 3217 1000.
£735,000: Goodman's Fields is an "urban retreat" of 920 homes grouped around squares, landscaped courtyards and aquatic gardens. Call 020 3217 1000.