At its next meeting, on 9 December, the Forum will have:
- A description of the housing planned for Zone W (‘the triangle site’), which is split between Islington and Camden along the former route of York Way.
- A review of the past year.
- A discussion of the intentions for next year.
- The election of the officers for next year.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 9 December in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At the most recent meeting, on 30 September, Ben Addy of Moxon Architects described the plans for the Camley Street Bridge, which rises on a ramp through the Natural Park before crossing the Regent’s Canal. It is a clear simple structure, distantly related to the Greenwich Reach Bridge (the swing foot bridge by the same architects, shown alongside), which is greatly appreciated.
Before the discussion of the Camley Street Bridge, Robert Evans of Argent explained the Argent position on the reduction in social and affordable housing in King’s Cross Central, and answered questions from Councillor Siân Berry and others. In brief, the sums available to housing associations have been cut drastically by the government, the costs to Argent of development have risen, and extra money made available by replacing some of the planned social and affordable housing by open market housing (at ever-rising prices) will help to subsidise the remainder.
Some details are in the minutes of the meeting.
The next meeting, on Wednesday 9 December, will be the annual review meeting.
At the next meeting of the Forum, on 30 September, first Robert Evans of Argent and Councillor Siân Berry will give their views of the obligations on Argent to provide affordable and social housing. Then Ben Addy of Moxon Architects will present the plans for the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists across the Camley Street Natural Park and the Regent’s Canal.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 30 September in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. All are welcome to this (and every other) meeting of the Forum.
At the meeting on 8 July Heatherwick Studio outlined the aim for the Coal Drops, which formerly served for shifting coal from trains to carts (as illustrated in the two sections alongside). The hope is to transform the site into a shopping centre unlike any other in London, with varied shops, while preserving some of the industrial feel of the original buildings and the corresponding viaducts.
However, the site might become might be too expensive for small craft and design workshops, and the accommodation would be enlarged to incorporate a large single floor store. This large single floor would cover an area between the two buildings, rising up from those buildings in a curved form foreign to functional industrial design. You can read some of the comments about it in the minutes of the meeting.
The next meeting is at 7:00 on Wednesday 30 September in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. All are welcome to that (and every other) meeting of the Forum.
At its next meeting, on 8 July, the Forum will hear from Heatherwick Studio and Argent about the intentions for the Coal Drops. Heatherwick Studio is also designing the Google headquarters in Mountain View (which is extraordinary in a much larger space than Paddington Basin, shown alongside) and, of course, the Garden Bridge.
The meeting is at 7:00 on Wednesday 8 July in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. All are welcome to this (and every other) meeting of the Forum.