Friday 6 December 2002 1.39pm
I'm a qualified architect living in the area.
I find it a little strange you have chosen a park to develop, even as a hypothetical scheme.
There are still many derelict / brownfield sites in the area, or under-used sites (garages between council blocks for example) that have potential, but there is actually relatively little open 'green' space.
is 'on its way' already - it's the blocks South of Long Lane
where the development challenges lie.
The things that are woefully missing in the area are:
a 'normal' quality supermarket like Tesco Metro or Sainsbury's Local
a cinema - an art house style with a bar like the Ritzy in Brixton
a nice bar where you can get a bite to eat - e.g like All Bar One
a nice place to have a cup of coffee and a pastry - even Starbucks
would be a start!
If you compare London with a city like Barcelona, one striking difference is that in Spain, housing and offices always have some form of commercial operation at street level - a bar,a shop, a chemists etc.
I firmly believe this is one of the 'intangible' elements that make it such a popular city with open-minded Londoners.
Good luck with your project