Romford Town Centre

In 2018 Maccreanor Lavington Architects with Periscope, Make Good, Expedition Engineering and Graham Harrington Planning were commissioned to produce a masterplan and SPD for Romford town centre.

At the junction of London and Essex and once a tax ‘liberty’, King Henry III granted Romford its market Charter in 1247. The town today has a vibrant day-time retail economy but as the Council looks to the future there is concern over the changing retail environment and how this will impact employment and town centre uses. The Council is also mindful of the need to build new homes and intends to build up to 5000 within the town centre; this will require significant social, environmental and transport infrastructure investment.

Our work has been focussed on creating an ‘experiential’ town centre - a place where people want to live and work and dwell rather than simply shop. Specific propositions have included deculverting and re-casting the river Rom as a walking, cycling and ecological connection through the town, together with east-west green links that connect the two main parks adjacent to the town centre. We have also been developing plans for a new hierarchy of streets and spaces to give more fidelity to the town centre as well as scenario testing options for re-working the substantial ring road that encircles the town. Our latest work has involved supporting the Council on the development of the market to a more financially stable model which addresses the very grand but underused market square.