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 2 People


Urban design

  • Closing Duncannon Street to traffic will further enhance the setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Closing the road between Trafalgar Square and Charles I statue will improve the setting of and access to the statue
  • Introduction of new staircase in Trafalgar Square
  • Closing Horse Guards Avenue to through traffic gives a more direct and pleasant link for pedestrians between St James's Park and the River
  • There will be even less traffic outside Westminster Abbey/Houses of Parliament, which will improve the feel of the World Heritage site
  • Elegant new gardens with water features on the Embankment next to the Ministry of Defence
  • Parliament Square transformed with new water feature
  • Possible new visitor facilities for the World Heritage Site on Abingdon Street Gardens
  • New trees in Whitehall, King Charles Street, Richmond Terrace and Whitehall Place
  • Relocation of majority of car parking from Old Palace Yard to Abingdon Street car park
  • Potential for long term pedestrian access through the Treasury and Foreign Office to Downing Street
  • Potential for removal/relocation of car parking from Treasury and Foreign Office courtyards, Whitehall Gardens and Richmond Terrace
  • General