mini Holland

dates: July 2014–ongoing
commissioned by:
London Borough of Waltham Forest
construction budget: £30 MIl.
funding: Transport for London
related:
Walthamstow villages
Lea Bridge Road
Lea Bridge Road cycle bridge
links:
Human Streets, The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, three years on
DfT ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

Lea Bridge Road online consultation
Waltham Forest Mini Holland
Mini Holland, LBWF
London Cycling Show 2015
awards:
Architect of the Year Awards 2016, infrastructure (finalist)
New London Architecture Award 2016, transport & infrastructure (winner)
Cycle Planning Awards 2016, infrastructure (shortlisted)

With a steadily rising population, London’s transport levels are predicted to further increase but there won’t be enough space on London’s already overcrowded roads to accommodate more cars as well as more people. The Mini Holland cycling programme aims to radically improve Waltham Forest’s cycling infrastructure and support a step change in the numbers of local people choosing to cycle.

what if: projects
have been commissioned as lead consultant to provide architecture services for the project. We have developed imaginative and carefully designed projects that seek to transform Walthm Forest into a part of the city adjusted around pedestrians, bicycles and green infrastructure. Currently we are developing integrated design proposals and creative interventions for improvements to the public and green spaces in the Mini Holland area including Lea Bridge Road, Ruckholt Road, the Walthamstow villages and the gyratory by Walthamstow Station.

what if: projects aim to transform Lea Bridge Road form a transport corridor into a series of places with links to its hinterland of marshes, leisure activities, industries and residential use. In the Walthamstow villages the implementation of public realm improvements is focused on returning streets to people by removing traffic. The team is working in collaboration with Waltham Forest’s transport engineers on the layout and detailing of the cycle lanes, the pedestrian areas, sustainable urban drainage, greening proposals and art interventions.

what if: projects are developing proposals for a number of sites in the mini Holland area:

Lea Bridge Road
L1    Lee Valley cycle bridge
L2    Leyton gateway: junction
L3    Markhouse Corner: new public space
L4    Bakers Arms: junction
L5    Shernall Street: improved pocket park
L6    Whipps Cross: junction

The Villages
V1    Orford Road: shopping parade
V2    East and West Avenue: bridges
V3    Pretoria Avenue: school route
V4    Greenleaf Road: school route
V5    St. Mary’s Church Drive: green route
V6    Oliver Road: new public space
V7    Walthamstow Gyratory: new public space

Ruckholt Road
R1    York Way: new public space
R2    Ruckholt Road: productive landscape