Camden Council West End Project

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Camden Council West End Project

Princes Circus, Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens Transformation – design by LDA Design

3 Aug 2018

Camden Council West End Project

Architects: LDA Design

Princes Circus, Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens

Location: Princes Circus, Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens, off Tottenham Court Road, west London, England, UK

A greener West End for London

Camden Council and LDA Design have revealed exciting new designs for three new and improved green spaces in London’s West End.

Design for Whitfield Gardens, Camden Council West End Project:
Whitfield Gardens Camden Council West End Project

Whitfield Gardens Camden Council West End Project

The transformation of Princes Circus, and Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens off Tottenham Court Road form part of the Council’s £35 million West End Project, the largest council-led transformational scheme the borough has ever seen, prioritising the pedestrian and cyclist experience in central London.

Design for Alfred Place, Camden Council West End Project:
Alfred Place, Camden Council West End Project:

The new designs reveal how the three spaces will be enhanced to provide more places to enjoy lunch or to sit and dwell amidst the tumult of modern city life. New green infrastructure will contribute to improved air quality for local residents and workers.

Design for Princes Circus, Camden Council West End Project:
Princes Circus, Camden Council West End Project

LDA Design Director and project lead, Sophie Thompson, said:

“These projects completely transform public realm around the West End. Importantly, they start to address some of the bigger issues London is facing: population increase, air pollution and health and wellbeing. We are thrilled to be helping to drive this change.”

Design for Princes Circus:
Princes Circus, Camden Council West End Project

Princes Circus, Camden Council West End Project

The plans include a dramatic redesign of bustling Princes Circus on Shaftesbury Avenue, with a new pedestrianised area improving access between Covent Garden and the British Museum. This proposal involves removing traffic from sections of Bloomsbury Street and Shaftesbury Avenue to create a larger, traffic-free public square, with widened pavements and safer cycle routes. New planting will create a new green space in the city, providing pockets of tranquillity. The listed drinking fountain is to be restored and relocated. New pedestrian crossings will make the area easier to navigate.

Design for Alfred Place:
Alfred Place, Camden Council West End Project:

Alfred Place, Camden Council West End Project:

A new park will be created in Alfred Place, turning a road into a green oasis lined with wild flowers, lawns, places for play, and a meandering path.

Design for Whitfield Gardens:
Whitfield Gardens Camden Council West End Project

Whitfield Gardens Camden Council West End Project

Plans will also revitalise Whitfield Gardens, off Tottenham Court Road. Improvements will be made to the square, with planting that thrives in shady locations and enhances biodiversity. The park will also be made fully accessible. The beautiful mature trees will be incorporated into the scheme with new raised planting and seating. The seating can be reconfigured to offer places to eat, a large event space, along with more intimate areas. The Fitzrovia mural and war memorial will be fully restored.

The designs were showcased at the Building Centre and a roadshow at each location. A further community event at the Building Centre is planned for later this month.

Background:

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment:

“It’s time to green the West End, or Camden’s part of it at least. We are creating a totally new park in Alfred Place, innovatively turning road space into green space. This will be the first new park for this part of the borough in a quarter of a century.

“We will also transform Princes Circus in Holborn and Whitfield Gardens close to Goodge Street tube, both of which can be much improved. Working with LDA Design we will also create a string of pocket parks along Tottenham Court Road at Capper Street, Bedford Avenue, and Bailey Street. We are also adding over 20 new trees across the area.

“With uncertainty hanging over other important roads in the area such as Oxford Street, it is important that we take what steps we can to ensure the West End is as clean, green, and safe as possible.

“I hope as many people as possible come forward to comment on the plans.”

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LDA Design

Location:Whitfield Gardens, London, England




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