Green Link East
Greenlink East is a research-based regeneration project that proposes to re-humanise a 2.0km stretch of un-used, delipidated and largely un-approachable urban fabric adjacent to West India Dock Road and Aspen Way. The proposed Greenlink aims to re-purpose a un-utilised sequence of flyover underpasses, roadside walkways and small open spaces to create a vibrant and community focused 20-min pedestrian link Bridging the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham.
As the East-side of London is experiencing rapid re-development, undergoing unprecedented change and benefiting from an enhanced drive towards polycentricity, the need for connectivity and the ease of movement for a plethora of users between urban spaces has never been greater. In 2018 Mayor Fiaz and Mayor Khan launched the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone that aims to generate 60,000 new jobs and 25,000 new homes over the next 20 years. Furthermore, the launch of the Local Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) aims to revive the Docklands area as a distinctive centre for businesses and culture.
We wished to explore a new connective route to the East of London that bridges two distinctive places to create symbiosis between infrastructure and community, providing connectivity for people on foot to culture, arts, nature and recreation, and socio-economic enhancement around and in-between burgeoning islands of mixed-use residential and commercial development.
Greenlink East has the potential to become an important new cultural, artistic and sustainable asset for the local community and for people across the wider East-side of London. This will be an innovative, environmentally sustainable and locally driven project which could make a meaningful contribution to London’s recovery from the pandemic by inviting community cohesion and inclusivity, re-humanising the urban realm by bringing arts and culture to the local community.