West Hampstead Interchange | LB Camden
This urban realm design study, carried out for Camden Council, successfully concluded with the first element, Iverson Road, being implemented in 2011. The study addressed the challenge of enabling West End Lane to become a safe, attractive and efficient interchange between three busy stations (Jubilee Line, Overground and Thameslink) that lie along a 250 metre stretch of bustling high street that carries important pedestrian, bus and general traffic. There are very heavy tidal pedestrian flows that exceed the capacity of the existing footways on West End Lane, which nevertheless needs to continue to act as a locally important east-west route through the Borough.
Our concept streetscape proposals not only address the existing interchange issues, but also allow for the predicted increase in pedestrian footfall as a result of the expansion of the Thameslink service. Designs were developed through extensive consultation with local interest groups and liaison with Network Rail, so as to ensure that parallel work streams are able to maximise the potential benefits to the area.
The Iverson Road phase of the scheme included the installation of a large, raised table crossing in front of the station, widened footways and a new linear forecourt space which included the retention of several mature trees. This space accommodates extensive cycle parking and also hosts the weekly West Hampstead Farmers’ market.