Bishopsgate Goodsyard & Public Realm
Chris Dyson Architects are part of a landscape design team exploring the public spaces of the proposed new mixed retail, commercial and residential district on the site of the former Bishopsgate Goodsyard – a derelict area on the City fringe since it was destroyed by fire in 1964.
CDAs primary focus was vertical circulation, historic structures and the re-instatement of the signal box, a famous local landmark that had been demolished to make way for the recently constructed London Overground railway.
The signal box, clad in Corten steel, is located at the east end of the new Goodsyard high level park and stands over a new portal opening cut into a surviving brick arch, creating a strong visual marker on Brick Lane. Conspicuous and iconic, it is designed to accommodate small gatherings organised by local residents and to encourage them to connect with, and take emotional ownership of, the new park.