World Squares for All

The picture-postcard image

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

Strategy 1 People


  • New paved space throughout the area, equal to twice the present pedestrianised area of Trafalgar Square
  • Better access to buildings and public spaces, particularly Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. Use of Squares transformed by better links
  • More direct routes, reduced walking times and fewer delays
  • Widened pavements in Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall
  • Richmond Terrace widened to connect Downing Street more strongly to the River
  • Improved connections between Trafalgar Square and the new Hungerford Bridge
  • Urban design