Camden criticised over mural restoration contract

Cherry picker on open space.

Camden Council has been criticised for its choice of contractor to undertake the restoration of the Fitzrovia Mural and the way it handled the competitive tendering process. Kristina O'Donnell, whose father and uncle are depicted in the mural, says she is "heartbroken by the decision" to award the contract to Global Street Art to restore …

Greenery at public open space will be slashed under refurbishment plans

Camden Council has signed off plans that will see greenery cut back at Whitfield Gardens public open space in what the local authority says is an effort to save money on maintenance and stamp out public nuisance. It is only eight years since Whitfield Gardens on Tottenham Court Road was last refurbished but everything apart …

Designs for Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens go on public display

Glossy image of proposed park.

Camden Council has published landscape designs for a new public park at Alfred Place, a redesign for the existing Whitfield Gardens, and is seeking comments on the proposals this summer. The scheme is part of a £35 million transformation of the Tottenham Court Road area -- "the biggest Camden council-led transport scheme the borough has …

Summer gardening club aims to make Fitzrovia greener, not more commercial

Pots of plants.

A new gardening club will be launched on Saturday at one of Fitzrovia's most used and abused public open spaces ahead of London becoming the world's first National Park City. Volunteers from the Friends of Fitzrovia Parks will be spending an hour every Saturday morning this summer making small improvements to Whitfield Gardens leading up …

Free cycle maintenance and information at Whitfield Gardens for Bike Week 2016

Two men and bicycle.

Cyclists living and working in Fitzrovia can get a free check up of their bike and pick up information about cycling in London at Whitfield Gardens today as part of Bike Week 2016. If you are new to cycling in London or not sure about getting around safely the stall situated on the corner of …

Enhanced images of the Fitzrovia Mural to go on display

Enhanced photograph of part of a mural.

Images showing how one of the largest and best known murals in London would look like after its restoration are to go on display in an exhibition this month. The Fitzrovia Mural, painted in 1980 by London-based artists Simon Barber and Mick Jones, was commissioned by Camden Council and created in consultation with the local community. The mural …

Mural restoration begins as Camden Council confirms funding

Cherry picker on open space.

Restoration work has started on one of London's most famous community murals after Camden Council, who commissioned the original painting in 1980, agreed to fund the project as part of its Tottenham Court Road revamp. On Thursday a cherry picker was parked on the piazza at Whitfield Gardens to lift a photographer to the top of the Fitzrovia Mural to …

Bike Week and cycle challenge comes to Fitzrovia

Cyclists on cycle track.

There will be a cycling roadshow at Whitfield Gardens on Thursday 18 June as part of Bike Week 2015. The event is an opportunity to show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. Bike Week promotes the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling and aims to get people to cycle to work or school, the local shops …

Cycle check up and advice at Whitfield Gardens

Two bicycles locked.

Cyclists can have a free check up of their bikes at an event in Whitfield Gardens tomorrow (Thursday 26 March) as part of a campaign to encourage more people to cycle. There will be free maps and information available along with maintenance and security advice. "Find out about our free cycle skills training, get a …

Fitzrovia – Pity the London Plane tree in Whitfield Gardens

Camden Council again carried out tree surgery to protected trees in Whitfield Gardens during the spring growth period without regard for their own tree protection policies. Tree surgeons used chainsaws at the end of April to cut off branches during routine tree maintenance. According to Camden's own regulations the work should only be done during …