The East London Garden Society

The Bishopsgate Goodsyard

The Goodsyard runs from Shoreditch High Street, through to Brick Lane and another plan has been put forward for its redevelopment.

The original station closed to passenger traffic in 1875 but reopened six years later as Bishopsgate Goodsyard to provide a freight station serving the eastern ports of England. In 1964 it was damaged by a major fire and millions of pounds worth of goods were destroyed. The Goodsyard was rendered unusable and remained derelict over the next 40 years.

To lessen the effect of the buildings being created, it’s been suggested that a Forest Garden and permaculture school should be placed on top of the listed arches. The idea is to have the largest Forest Garden in Europe which would provide a ‘lung’ for the Shoreditch area.

The East London Garden Society is pushing for the developer to include an iconic park and create a better environment for everyone and in which the community will have a voice.

We are also supporting most environmentalists concerned with urban parks that more trees should be planted. This is in line with National, as well as Local Government ideas.

We are urging those wishing to be involved with the Bishopsgate Goodsyard development to install a self‐maintaining Forest Garden. The pictures below show the present status and what it could look like.


The following is a summary of the Goodsyard consultation programme:

Exhibitions

Protein Studios ‐ 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

  • Thursday 8 November from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 November from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday 12 November from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday 14 November from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday 15 November from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Out and About ‐ Mini Exhibitions

  • Friday 9 November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ‐ Outside Shoreditch High Street Station
  • Sunday 11 November from 12 noon to 4 p.m. ‐ Brick Lane Market
  • Tuesday 13 November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ‐ Outside Shoreditch High Street Station

Theme Exchanges

A series of workshops is being held to discuss some of the key aspects of the proposals in more detail with the team and community. Please contact Soundings on 020 7729 1705 to say you’re attending. All Themed Exchanges will be held at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EY

Grand Designs

Tuesday 13 November from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open 6.30 p.m. for exhibition preview)
Built design: At the meeting point of Shoreditch, Brick Lane and City architecture, with a strong dose of heritage and new development. How can the physical design of The Goodsyard play its part, contribute and integrate into the surrounding area? This workshop event will mainly focus on the design decisions of the development.

Spaced

Wednesday 14 November from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open 6.30 p.m. for exhibition preview)
Public streets & spaces: Although part‐opened-up by interim use in recent years, The Goodsyard is a large piece of the area that has been inaccessible for a long time. This themed session will explore the latest proposed routes, new spaces and how The Goodsyard can best integrate to open‐up a closed‐off part of the city. This workshop event will mainly focus on the design decisions of the development.

The Culture Show

Thursday 15 November from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (doors open 6.30 p.m. for exhibition preview)
Creativity, culture & community: This session of informal ideas aims to explore the local creative and cultural offer. In a renowned area for the arts and a mix of local cultures, how can the Goodsyard complement the local area and add value?

Site Tours

If you would like to join a site tour to see this hidden piece of London and have the team explain the proposals on‐site, please contact Soundings on 020 7729 1705 to register your interest.