The existing buildings between Market Square, Broad Walk, West Gate and the Harvey Centre were built in the 50’s and 60’s along with much of the rest of Harlow town centre.
Harlow town centre was built in line with the principles of the new town.
Built after the Second World War, Harlow New Town was among the first wave of new towns created to ease overpopulation in London following the war. The man behind the masterplan was Sir Frederick Gibberd, one of Britain’s most influential Modern Movement architects, known for his radical design, town planning and reverence for green spaces.
Community was at the heart of Harlow’s design, with the new town split into neighbourhoods, each served by their own shopping areas, public spaces and pub.
The principles that made Harlow such a welcoming prospect for families and workers from London in the post-war years–including its proximity to the city, and an abundance of space and greenery–remain the same today. Building upon these ideals, Harlow Quarter is reviving the thriving, forward thinking spirit of Harlow.
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