Recent weeks have seen support sections for a new five kilometre walkway named p5k begun to be installed on the Greenwich Peninsula. Apparently, it’s inspired by New York’s High Line.
The concept sees five connected ‘islands’ with an elevated green area. Bars and cafes will be located under the walkway at certain points. The first stretch is a collaboration between landscape firm Gross Max and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfo.
The section now being installed winds its way between towers now rising at Upper Riverside near the O2.
Talking of New York’s High Line, from some angles these towers are reminiscent of the former World Trade Center with strong vertical emphasis on the facade.
Now, you may scoff when comparing it to New York’s High Line. I was lucky enough to visit it almost a decade ago and this will of course lack the shape and scale of buildings and streetscapes there, but once the area builds up will still offer a pretty dramatic walk.
Phase 1 in Greenwich is the section being installed at present. Phase 2 is heading through the planning process.