Last chance to submit entries for design of proposed new Hammersmith Highline

Today is deadline day for a competition to design a new public space along an old Hammersmith tube line.

Expressions of interest from groups and individuals have been submitted for creating the Highline on a 200m elevated brick structure which a century ago carried tube trains to a long-gone station in Hammersmith Grove.

In the days after the project was announced, nearly 200 people registered their interest.

H&F Cabinet Member for the Environment Councillor Wesley Harcourt said: “The reaction has been extraordinary.

“We knew this was a unique opportunity to design something of merit for future generations to enjoy, but the scale of the response has amazed everyone.”

The suggested site sits between existing railway lines running parallel to King Street, with entry to the Hammersmith Highline likely to be via the Kings Mall retail complex.

PROPOSED SITE: The suggested location for the new Highline.

Winners are due to be announced on 7 June after judging by an independent panel appointed by the organisers, Hammersmith BID and architect group West London Link.

There are two £5,000 prizes up for grabs in the competition with one designed to encourage children to let their imaginations soar.

The council says the aim of the competition and project aim is to improve air quality in the area, improve biodiversity and to create an attraction like the High Line elevated park in New York.

Hammersmith BID business engagement manager, Livia Caruso, said: “We are delighted the competition has captured the imagination of the public.

“This is an opportunity to suggest ideas for a community space in the heart of the town centre as well as an attraction to draw people to Hammersmith.

“We look forward to seeing what ideas emerge!”

Competition entries will go on display at an exhibition in Kings Mall 22-30 June as part of the Hammersmith Summer Festival and will also be shown digitally on the Big Screen in Lyric Square.

Entries submitted by local schools will be given prizes donated by Medidata and will also be displayed.

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