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Harrow View on green space

by Marco Cillario Tue 26 July 2016, 12:02 pm

The project manager responsible for designing the masterplan for a major development in Wealdstone described the presence of green space in urban developments as “critical”.

Gergana Draganova of BDP architects told BIG magazine of her ideas for Harrow View, the 23-ha regeneration of the former Kodak factory, which will provide hundreds of homes, along with shops, offices, a primary school, a care home, community and health centres.

“With increasing density, open space becomes more important,” she said. “It is critical for quality of environment – even if you have a flat with a balcony there is a different feel if you look out on to greenery.”

Harrow View, granted outline planning permission in April 2015, will provide 28,000sq m of open space. This will strengthen the presence of green areas in a borough whose 400ha of parkland are continuously under pressure due to the need for new housing.

The northern side of the development, where 600 new homes will be built in the first phase, will mark the start of a linear park running through the scheme, which will be the “natural centre of gravity for the community”, according to Draganova.

The complete interview with the designer will be available in the next issue of BIG magazine, to be published at the end of the summer.

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