Publica’s Marble Arch scheme and the Heart of London Placeshaping Strategy have been selected by London First to be supported under the West End Streets Group (WESt) programme, to promote the delivery of high-quality public realm improvements in the West End. It is one of three projects chosen by WESt champions to promote their delivery and funding, working with key stakeholders including Westminster City Council, the London borough of Camden, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
The proposed scheme for Marble Arch reconfigures the movement of traffic, whilst maintaining the connectivity of the Inner Ring Road and all bus routes. Traffic is largely removed from close proximity to the Arch itself and the area at the western end of Oxford Street. This would significantly improve pedestrian and cycle access between Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Edgware Road and the Underground station entrances, whilst improving road safety and air quality. The proposals also introduce additional greening and Marble Arch would sit within a large new civic space worthy of its historic status, holding global significance as a gateway to Hyde Park and Oxford Street.
The Heart of London Placeshaping Strategy provides a unified plan for the public realm and guidance for further improvements to streets and spaces across the Heart of London area. The strategy proposes an integrated, ambitious plan for improvement, defining eight principles for the future of the public realm in the area, addressing themes such as the celebration and enhancement of spectacle; contrasts between character areas; movement, connectivity and wayfinding; and the importance of providing a diverse mix of uses and public spaces. The strategy gives stakeholders the opportunity to compare the complexities and impact of each proposal and can be used as a reference tool for all those developing and implementing upgrades.
Posted: 13 February 2020
MARBLE ARCH PROPOSAL and heart of london strategy selected for West End Streets Group PROGRAMME