Changing London street by street

“Gordon Street is another fantastic example of the transformational value of giving urban space back to people and nature.”
Cannon Ivers, Director, LDA Design

Camden Council, University College London (UCL), LDA Design and Norman Rourke Pryme have transformed Gordon Street, on the north side of Gordon Square in Bloomsbury.

Directly outside UCL Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Street was once used as a logistics yard before opening up as a road. Now, it gifts UCL with a new campus space for students and staff, as well as the wider community to enjoy.

The design is part of LB Camden’s investigations to pedestrianise the street. It includes new cycle lanes and biodiverse planting, as well as generous places to sit, work, lunch. It is also part of the Council’s Bloomsbury Green Corridor within the draft New Camden Local Plan (2024).

UCL has welcomed the move and the creation of a new campus space, which students have immediately embraced.

Cannon Ivers, a director at LDA Design, said that Gordon Street, was “another fantastic example of the transformational value of giving urban space back to people and nature”.

The design includes ‘Double Yellow’ bench by Will Sandy (not photographed), part of a collection by Sandy and Vestre.

All photos by Paul Upward for Vestre

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