Say hello to The Goodsyard!
Sometimes, the rate of new development in London is frankly terrifying. Take Shoreditch, for example – not only are they redeveloping the Old Street roundabout into a skyscraper-ringed tech hub, but the area is also set to welcome a massive redevelopment of the area around Shoreditch High Street station, if plans are approved. The result, known as The Goodsyard, would be a mix of office space and raised parkland, and here’s a little peek into the future.
“If” is the key word here – The Goodsyard project is currently out for public scrutiny, so it’s possible resident objections could still sink it. (Of course, it’s just as likely the project goes ahead despite resident objections, as has often been the case recently). If The Goodsyard comes through unscathed, the major attraction will be the raised pedestrian walkway, pleasantly planted in yet another imitation of New York’s fabled High Line.
Running from Brick Lane to Shoreditch High Street, the park will be surrounded with mixed-use highrise buildings, providing 500 new homes and (unsurprisingly) oodles of office space. The tallest of these is a 29-storey building that’s sure to drastically alter the Shoreditch skyline.
However, developments have promised green roofs for most of the buildings, which is a nice touch. You can also expect to see the usual cohort of upmarket restaurants and shops, inevitably drawn to these sort of developments.
The first casualty of The Goodsyard, sadly, will be Boxpark Shoreditch – although it was only ever mooted as a temporary development, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised. In the meantime, the development needs to hurdle the twin obstacles of gaining planning permission, and stumping up the mooted £1 billion price tag. Should be a cake walk, shouldn’t it?
Also published on Medium.