A substantial programme of public realm improvements were commissioned by Waltham Forest along an extensive stretch of Leyton High Road.
The designed work is diverse in character and content. Key measures range from the special to the sensible. The sensible measures are about managing car parking, improving and decluttering footway surfaces, and lighting, and helping to strengthen linkages throughout the High Road, and in particular, to the western areas, where links to the Olympic Parklands have been established with new bridges. Elsewhere, special measures are scoped and located to relate to the place. They include stainless steel bridge parapet cladding to reduce noise and reflect passers by, cast hand scaled souvenirs of key Olympic buildings, a 10m tall illuminated timber bird box sign reading ‘Leyton’, and a stainless steel fence with a cricket bat as handle. In addition,
East also drew up the ‘High Street Life in Waltham Forest
Shopfronts strategy’ designed to provide guidance for safe, vibrant and attractive high streets. The work, delivered by Jan Kattein with East, guided the substantial and well published upgrade of shop fronts signified with giant hanging signs, new glazed fronts, and colourful painted upper facades.
The scheme was completed in advance of the London Olympic Games in summer 2012, and was a winner in the NLA ‘stitching the fringe’ award 2012
Location: Waltham Forest
Client: London Borough of Waltham Forest
Project status: Completed 2012