Growth Lines

Growth Lines

Growth Lines

“Growth Lines” reveals studies of extensive London-wide sites where transport can be integrated into urban areas to accommodate growth.

Cities need to adapt to accommodate sustainable growth.

Where are the optimal places to do it with maximum benefit?

Where should we focus to grow well?

New London Plan housing target - 650,000 homes over the next ten years
Across London and...
including "Metro-Land"
1 / 3 New London Plan housing target - 650,000 homes over the next ten years

We have developed an integrated multi disciplinary approach to strategic urban planning which focuses on the suitability of existing urban structure to accommodate sustainable grow through new transit line extensions and upgrades. This is a coordinated approach to identifying opportunity through transport links within the context of a metropolitan spatial strategy.

An extensive exercise along these lines was carried for Transport for London. Through applying these tactics London wide at a range of scales across a series of potential transits upgrades from new and extended rail lines, to service upgrades and “metroisation” of existing lines, a theoretical quantum of up to 650,000 new homes was identified. This was only on typical fraction of the available network.

Central to this was a responsible approach to landscape and amenity to provide neighbourhoods that are uplifting to live in and responsive to their settings.

800m from a station
145 locations studied
Extending the network
New and improved lines
1 / 4 800m from a station


Strategically extending and improving public transit and working with and reinterpreting the urban structure to define new forms of development derived from their setting, offers significant new possibilities for the future development of cities and their regions.

This includes intensification around key nodes and lines and reinterpretations of elements of the current city model from centre to middle to edge and outer limits.

It informs a new appreciation of the relationships and use of open space and wider models of urban transformation. This ranges from direct to gradual implementation and shows how considerable quantum can be generated, by a range of interventions sensitive to context.

This identifies appropriate site based strategies, testing through transport, planning, urban design and market viability appraisals. It looks at current and potential future policy, allied to potential income generation streams to identify solutions and strategy, towards an emerging model for sustainable urban growth to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

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The team have the in-house expertise, bring extensive insight and have the capability to provide similar exercises, national and internationally, and are currently developing this as an approach to be tested in a variety of urban locations and scales.

Key roles and disciplines:

MICA – Three-dimensional planning, urban design and architectural strategy

Quod – Planning policy and strategy, site options appraisal

Steer – Public transport and network strategy

Carter Jonas – Viability

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Typologies - Key Types - Outer London town centre
Suburban densification
Regeneration area
Metropolitan Centre
Inner London town centre
Central London
Commercial Corridor
Urban extension
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New frontages address landscape and preserve in perpetuity
Gateway - interface between landscape and city
Gradual suburban intensification
Densified suburbia
Presence and Place
Integrating impact
1 / 6 New frontages address landscape and preserve in perpetuity

Up to 650,000 new homes

‘Joined-up London: infrastructure and development’ conference.
1 / 8 ‘Joined-up London: infrastructure and development’ conference.

MICA Director, Gavin Miller, spoke about the practices strategic approach to growth via London’s transport infrastructure at New London Architecture’s ‘Joined-up London: infrastructure and development’ half day conference.


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