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Regents 200

Canal & River Trust

About the Project

In 2020 the Regent’s Canal celebrates its 200th birthday. To mark this major milestone, the Canal & River Trust will utilise this once in a generation opportunity to empower the local community to improve their local area creating areas which will encourage more people to spend time by the water, feeling healthier and happier
as a result, whilst gaining new skills and meeting new people.

make:good has been commissioned by the Canal & River Trust to undertake a programme of engagement and participatory activities to produce a series of core designs for these four sites, reflecting people’s priorities, ideas and aspirations for the future of the canal.


Summer 2019 – ongoing

Our Tools & Approach

Through a series of engagement opportunities, make:good have spoken to over 200 people and over 20 specific organisations, groups and key stakeholders in order to generate conversations and develop initial collaborative designs using the bicentenary as a catalyst for change for local people in their local areas.

Through the designs of the these selected four sites, we will tell the story of the history and heritage of Regent’s Canal, encouraging people to visit not only the individual site but as a route for seeing new areas of London and experiencing the canal.

Generating these designs and priorities in a community-led way through pop-ups, tagging on to events, co-design workshops and individual conversations we have set a foundation for continued involvement throughout the project and the lifespan of these sites along the Regent’s Canal. Building awareness and ownership around how these spaces can be used by local communities in the next 200 years.