Fitzpark

FitzPark is a temporary and cost-effective installation made by Arup to promote a change in people's attitude towards roads and inspire what city streets can be in the future. Installed for six months, FitzPark initially comprised a simple timber deck with playful modular seating and planters. It seeks to raise awareness of air quality issues, create more space for people, promote health and wellbeing, support local business, and improve the look and human experience of the city. The scheme was monitored throughout its duration in order to understand the social value of urban environments. A pre- and post-evaluation study of the project revealed:

• Enhanced walkability and opportunities for seating resulting in a 41% increase in self-reported wellbeing;
• A 23% increase in users dwelling in the street, helping foster community interaction and provide economic benefits to local businesses;
• A rapid colonisation of wildlife supporting climate change adaptation and increasing biodiversity; and
• Improved look and feel of the local environment with 100% of neighbouring businesses supporting the scheme.

Overview

  • Project Name

    Fitzpark

  • Location

    London

  • Category

    Heritage, culture, art

  • Landscape Architect

    Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

  • Client

    Arup, The Fitzrovia Partnership

  • Awards

    Finalist, Landscape Institute Awards 2019

Details

  • Project Team

    Vestre, London Borough of Camden, Mayor of London, the University of Manchester

  • Year Completed

    2017

  • Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

    Registered Practice Membership
  • Approximate Map Location

    Location

    London

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