Following public consultation, we have agreed to incorporate the improvement of neighbouring streetscapes into our proposals. Taylor Wimpey and Transport for London have worked closely with community-led architects to design and integrate our plans into the existing cultural quarter. This will build on the fantastic improvements to Ashwin Street that have already taken place in recent years.
Ashwin Street will become a pedestrian dominated thoroughfare. Car parking will be eliminated, with vehicle movement limited to those servicing the proposed units.
Measures including a shared surface will make Ashwin Street suitable for walking, meeting and playing, while providing opportunities for the Arcola Theatre to hold outdoor activities in the street. Pulling back the building line on the southern site widens the pavement on Abbot Street easing pedestrian movement from Ashwin Street through to Kingsland High Street. This was identified as a local concern during the public consultation and will significantly improve permeability through the cultural quarter.
A mature tulip tree would be planted outside the refurbished Theatre to mark the entrance as an important cultural destination.
Transport for London’s streetscape guidance informed the provision of new kerbs, paving, widened footpaths and cycle stands. These measures will transform what is an area dominated by vast expanses of tarmac by ‘greening’ what is currently a grey, unexciting streetscape.
Trees and cycle stands will be alternated along Boleyn Road. We propose planting five ginkgo trees on the eastern side of Boleyn Road to mirror the existing tree line on the western side, forming a tree-lined approach to the bridge.
A newly planted mature plane tree would be visible from the junction of Kingsland High Street.