On Tuesday morning Graham King (Westminster City Council), David Shaw (Crown Estate) and Peter Heath (Atkins) spoke to an audience of over 100 built environment professionals at NLA’s free breakfast talk on the Oxford Circus Diagonal Crossings.
The scheme was introduced by Graham King, who set it in context by highlighting other public realm improvements in the area, including Marble Arch and St Giles Circus, which is currently under construction. David Shaw spoke about the benefits the scheme will bring to surrounding businesses, while Peter Heath, from design team Atkins presented the design process in more detail.
A series of improvements at Oxford Circus will include the provision of diagonal pedestrian crossings, removal of street clutter, resurfacing footways and widening of footways by up to 63%, resulting in 70% more useable space for pedestrians. It forms part of the Oxford, Regent and Bond Street Action Plan, which includes improvements at Marble Arch, Oxford Street East and Cavendish Square, as well as St Giles’ Circus and Crossrail.
The scheme, supported by Designhive, Atkins, Transport for London, City of Westminster and New West End Company, is currently under construction and is due for completion in November 2009.
Peter Heath, Associate Director, Public Realm, Atkins
Graham King, Head of City Planning Group Westminster City Council
David Shaw, Head of Regent Street Strategy and Development, The Crown Estate