OLD KENT ROAD: A NEW PRECEDENT FOR MIXING LEISURE, MANUFACTURING AND HOUSING
by Daniel Sefton
By combining industrial, residential, and leisure spaces using innovative changes of level, land-use pressures in the inner city could be significantly alleviated. An undulating raised park set against the side of an existing recycling centre creates a pocket of urban rurality. Pavilions break through the surface of the park for exhibition and retail space, with micro-manufacturing occurring on the submerged ground floor. HGV access to ground floors occurs through a road network beneath the park. The park removes both social and physical barriers that industrial land creates through controlled increased public proximity to manufacturing and community-connecting active transport routes.