Tom Ryland Obituary


The HammersmithLondon team are deeply saddened by the news that board member Tom Ryland has passed away. The BID has worked with Tom, initially through the London Festival of Architecture, for almost a decade.

After the Flyover closure in 2011, Tom spearheaded a group of local architects and worked closely with the BID and Halcrow to produce visions of what Hammersmith would look like if there were a tunnel instead of a flyover – a project soon to be known as the Flyunder. Tom was very embroiled in forming all these parties into becoming West London Link with a view to lobby the administration of the day into forming a feasibility study to look at replacing the A4 between Chiswick and Earl’s Court with a tunnel, the Flyunder. Tom’s drive was key and led to a feasibility study being undertaken and the proposal brought right up to then-Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

In addition, for some years, Tom was also a Director on the Board of HammersmithLondon and his valued contributions, along with matchless local knowledge and warm personality, shall be greatly missed.

The BID Board together with all the team at HammersmithLondon send their deepest condolences to Tom’s wife, Liz and all his family.

A service of thanksgiving will be held on 21 April at 12.00 at St Peter’s Church, W6 9BE. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to The Blood Fund, which supports the Haematology Department at Hammersmith Hospital: