World Squares for All

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The client identified 4 key requirements

People in the area

Traffic in the area

The studies confirm the need to improve the balance between people and traffic

What will happen to people and traffic

Trafalgar Square


Parliament Square

St Martin's Place and Northumberland Avenue

Horse Guards Parade and Route to River

Raleigh Gardens and Whitehall's hidden spaces

Old Palace Yard

Broad Sanctuary and Residential Areas


Strategy 1 Traffic

Strategy 2 Traffic

Where will the traffic go?

What will the strategies do?

Further factors to consider

Strategy 1 People

Strategy 2 People

Design choices

Environmental gain/traffic pain

A vision for the future

The studies confirm the need to improve the balance between people and traffic

To achieve this we propose change at 12 key locations

1 Trafalgar Square
All traffic removed in front of the National Gallery. Use of Square transformed with better links.
2 Whitehall
More pavements, better setting for ceremonies, buildings and monuments.
3 Parliament Square
All traffic removed alongside Westminster Abbey to enhance heritage setting.
4 St Martin's Place
New public place with better balance between traffic and people - gateway to Soho and Covent Garden.
5 Northumberland Avenue
New avenue, more pavement create stronger link - Trafalgar Square/Hungerford Bridge
6 Horse Guards Parade
All parked cars recently removed.
7 Route to River
Horse Guards Avenue landscaped. River linked to Royal Parks. River frontage enhanced.
8 Raleigh Gardens
Creation of a new public place at the heart of Whitehall.
9 Whitehall's hidden spaces
A possible new heritage route connecting the Treasury Drum, freed from cars, to Downing Street.
10 Old Palace Yard
A new public place with clearer identity - enhancement of World Heritage site.
11 Broad Sanctuary
A new public place, with enhanced setting for Abbey.
12 Residential Areas
Whitehall Court and Smith Square area enhanced with improved urban design and extra traffic management.