Vogt is working together with architects Carmody Groarke on an ambitious masterplan to regenerate Rectory Farm, a 44 hectare area of disused farmland close by to London’s Heathrow airport. The site was used for farming until food safety concerns were raised in 1996. It sits on top of 3.4 million tonnes of fluvial gravel—identified as a sustainable supply for the London area.
Hounslow Council’s planning committee have now approved the scheme to extract the gravel using a ‘top-down’ method while retaining and transforming the wasteland above into an urban ‘green corridor’ and public space, on the scale of London’s great Victorian parks. It will improve connectivity between local residential areas, the biodiversity of a significant area of green belt landscape, and provide public amenity space.
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