Making Places

Chosen Sites

In June 2017, Waltham Forest residents nominated places in their local area that they wanted to see improved with a creative project. Councillors for each of the borough’s twenty wards then selected their preferred site for a Making Places commission.




The final five sites have now been confirmed and a second round of commissions started in spring 2020. Creative practitioners were invited to submit their proposals through an Open Call

1. Bulwer Road

Tarmacked traffic island at the junction of three residential streets. More could be done to enhance the pedestrian experience for residents here.

Bulwer Road Leytonstone ward

Leytonstone ward

2. Hyh House

The gardens at the front of Hyh House, a council-owned housing estate. They do little to serve residents or soften the busy road.

Hyh House Chapel End ward

Chapel End ward

3. Larkshall Road Underpass

"The pedestrian underpass by St Anne’s Church which goes under the railway. I always feel vulnerable using it as it’s run down and forgotten and sometimes quiet."

Diane, resident

Larkshall Road Underpass Larkswood ward

Larkswood ward.

4. Leyton Midland Road Station

Under the train bridge by Leyton Midland Road Overground Station.

“It's a real eye sore and with all the cars and the derelict garage it's become a place of general ugliness. It's not welcoming”.

Alex, resident

Leyton Midland Road Station Leyton ward

Leyton ward

5. Wood Street Station

Under the train bridge by Wood Street Overground Station.

"It always looks rather grim."

Celia, resident

Wood Street Station Wood Street_ward

Wood Street ward


The first Making Places sites were announced in August 2017. Creative practitioners submitted their ideas for how these spaces could be transformed, through an Open Call, and fifteen projects were subsequently commissioned. You can find out more on the Projects page.

1. Abbotts Park

"It's a really well used park - with lots of people coming to visit from the local area"

Dave, resident

Abbotts Park

Abbotts Park, Forest ward

2. Albert Crescent

"There are some lovely art deco buildings there and the crescent has the potential to become a real focal point for South Chingford."

Arnie, resident

Albert Crescent

Albert Crescent, Valley ward

3. Aldriche Way

"We want to brighten up the centre of the estate."

Stuart, resident

Aldriche Way

Aldriche Way, Hale End and Highams Park ward

4. Attlee Terrace

"A focal point for a community that doesn't have much usable community space."

Phil, resident

Attlee Terrace

Sunken garden in Attlee Terrace, Hoe Street ward

5. Blackhorse Road

"This area has large beautiful trees, is adjacent to a popular and well-loved park, and runs along a very busy main road."

Flora, resident

Blackhorse Road

Space near Stoneydown Park, High Street ward

6. Brierley Road

"If such spaces could be reimagined and more inspiring it would be so refreshing for those who walk and live around this space."

Nazneen, resident

Brierley Road

Junction of Brierley and Langthorne road, Cathall ward

7. Chef’s Corner

"It looks run down and does nothing to enhance the area, whereas before it had a positive effect."

Kate, resident

Chef’s Corner

102 Cann Hall Road, Cann Hall ward

8. Greenleaf Road

"There's a lot of space and high footfall and it could be an amazing space, or at least a lot safer and more inviting."

Ayanna, resident

Greenleaf Road

Greenleaf Road / Hoe Street junction, William Morris ward

9. Higham Hill Park

"It would be nice to have a bit more of a pleasant focal point for the local community."

Celia, resident

Higham Hill Park

Higham Hill Park, Higham Hill ward

10. Lea Bridge Library

"Currently this is grotty, under-utilised land…turn this into a lovely garden."

Danie, resident

Lea Bridge Library

Friendship Gardens, Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge ward.

11. Low Hall Sports Ground

"Could be an amazing facility."

Jillie, resident

Low Hall Sports Ground

Low Hall Sports Ground, Markhouse ward

12. North Chingford Library

"It would be great to cheer this area up with a mural and some colourful tree lights so it looks inviting."

Nicky, resident

North Chingford Library

Alleyway next to library, Chingford Green ward

13. Ridgeway Park

"Ridgeway Park is a fantastic local park but one that is looking tired and in need of some TLC."

Lucie, resident

Ridgeway Park

Ridgeway Park, Endlebury ward

14. The Highams Park

"I have chosen this site as it is a beautiful place and would benefit with some improvements to make it feel more loved and beautiful."

Gordon, resident

The Highams Park

Entrances to The Highams Park, Hatch Lane ward.

15. The Linear Park

"Sorely neglected. Could be beautiful, no other parks in immediate area."

Kevin, resident

The Linear Park

The Linear Park, Grove Green ward.

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