Improvements to Tolmer’s Square completed

Improvement works to the green space at the heart of Tolmer’s Square have now been completed, ensuring that this public space is greener, safer, and more accessible for residents and visitors.

Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities, Culture and an Inclusive Economy
I am delighted that the improvements at Tolmer’s Square have now been completed.

“Access to quality open spaces is vital for our communities, particularly for those living near to the HS2 works, and in the wider context of the ongoing pandemic.

A number of green space assurances were previously secured from HS2 to help mitigate against the loss of open space and the impact of the construction works. 

“Whilst these don’t make up for the loss of open space in the area because of HS2, it’s important we make the most of the spaces we do have. This project has helped create a greener and more welcoming space for the community to enjoy for years to come.
Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Investing in Communities, Culture and an Inclusive Economy

Verity Fletcher, Chair of the Drummond Street TRA said: "What an improvement! Tolmer’s Square has been transformed. It's much more inviting now for residents. The space has been opened up, so it feels much safer, and much more attractive."

The improvements, designed with the local community, have made the site more accessible and vibrant and include a sunken garden. This has been de-paved and planted up, increasing the amount of greenery.

All the paths and walk ways have been resurfaced, along with a new pathway through the extended lawn area and a lit, level boardwalk through the garden space, making the square more accessible.

Much of the planting has also been replaced with colourful and more diverse species, to increase biodiversity and extend seasonal interest for all visitors.

These works were funded through assurances Camden secured from HS2 to mitigate the impact of construction on local communities. A programme of enhancement projects have been completed across the impacted area and further significant works are planned, including improvements at Munster Square, Clarence Gardens, Cumberland Market, Ampthill Square Estate and Churchway Estate.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden
"More than two hectares of public green space have been lost during the HS2 construction – the size of seventy-six tennis courts.

“With the experience of the global pandemic over the past year and a half, we more than ever recognise the importance of having access to good quality green spaces.

“These are important to local communities because they improve health and wellbeing, and the character of an area, as well as creating habitats for wildlife and benefitting the environment.”
Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden

Further information

  • The improvements at Tolmer’s Square cost approximately £411,000.
  • You can read more information on the improvements to Tolmer’s Square.
  • Other improvements include:
    • Brick walls have been removed to increase the sense of space and improve site lines.
    • The light fixtures and fittings have been upgraded to offer a better quality and are more energy efficient lighting
    • A new planting bed has been created within Foundry Mews to offer some additional greening
  • Additional information for the other sites mentioned can be found on the Euston Engagement Commonplace page.
  • The project is part of Camden’s Green Space Investment Programme. More information can be found on Camden’s Green Space engagement hub.