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

Strategy 1 People


Urban design

  • Improved setting for the Cenotaph and many other listed buildings in the area
  • More pleasant areas between buildings in places such as Old Palace Yard, Broad Sanctuary and St Martin's Place
  • New floating pavilion on river at end of landscaped walkway through the Royal Parks
  • Changes to the existing staircases in Trafalgar Square
  • A new civic place at Raleigh Gardens, half way along Whitehall with a strong focus and a place to rest
  • Improved landscape gardens to the east of the Ministry of Defence building
  • General