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Grand Union Canal Urban Park

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Grand Union Canal Urban Park

Grand Union Canal Urban Park CIC By Grand Union Canal Urban Park CIC

We propose to carry out a feasibility study to regenerate the gloomy and unloved length of the Grand Union Canal towpath under the Westway to create an urban park for the local community.

City of Westminster Delivery stage

pledged of £24,797

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The towpath on the Grand Union Canal, between Great Western Road and Harrow Road is overshadowed by the A40 Westway along a stretch around 100m long. The space is sad and unloved, and feels cold and threatening. We propose to improve it by introducing facilities for the local community which will generate regular activity in the area. We asked local residents, canal boaters, joggers, young adults, families with young children and towpath users what they would like to see there. The photographs of their fantastic suggestions will be displayed throughout June in the Great Western Studios as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The most popular ideas proposed were: - an outdoor exercise for all ages - a playground - planting - to install a tap for the canal boaters We believe that these facilities will transform this area to make it a destination. The varied facilities will benefit a large number of people and provide an opportunity to bring together the local community.

What we'll deliver:

  • Carry out a survey of the Utilities - power, water supply, drainage etc in the area
  • Continue the momentum in order to advance the Urban Park to its next stage
  • Engage with the community for feedback as the feasibility study develops
  • Commission a full feasibility study to show what the Urban Park will look like and how much it will cost.
  • Develop the idea with the Canal and River Trust and Westminster Council and make a pre-planning application

Why it's a great idea:

The Urban Park will transform a currently hostile and unloved section of the Grand Union Canal towpath into a thriving new area. An exercise area for all ages will help the whole community, from children to seniors. The water tap will be a benefit to the Canal boaters, whose presence in turn will add animation and activity to the area. Some of the exercise elements could generate power which will be a fun way to stay motivated about getting fit, and increase the knowledge and awareness of energy issues. We need a feasibility study to generate a Concept Design and to cost it. We want to consult further with the Landowner and the Council, and we want to discuss further with the local community.

Steps to get it done:

  • We will commission a professional feasibility study in order to produce a Concept Design for the Urban Park
  • We will commission a Quantity Surveyor to provide a detailed costing of the Urban Park
  • We will host workshops with the community to gain feedback on the proposed design for the Park
  • We will liaise with Infrastructure providers for information regarding the power and water supply
  • We will liaise with Network rail to discuss any alterations to the boundary wall
  • We will liaise with the Westway Trust to discuss the project
  • We will liaise with Westminster Council and the Canal and River Trust to address planning permission and land ownership

Location City of Westminster

About the space

Grand Union Canal Towpath, on the 'Paddington Arm', under the A40 or Westway, between Great Western Road and Harrow Road


City of Westminster

How will the money be spent?Total £24,796

Professional Feasibility Study - £15,000 (60%)
Two visualisations for promotional purposes - £2,500 (10%)
Costing by Quantity Surveyor - £2,000 (8%)
Printing for feasibility study and events - £850 (3%)
Infrastructure Survey - £700 (3%)
Pre-planning application with Westminster Council - £600 (2%)
Two community workshops - £400 (2%)
Website hosting - £200 (1%)
Event insurance - £200 (1%)
Other - £2,346 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Professional Feasibility Study
Two visualisations for promotional purposes
Costing by Quantity Surveyor
Printing for feasibility study and events
Infrastructure Survey
Pre-planning application with Westminster Council
Two community workshops
Website hosting
Event insurance
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £24,796

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