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

A vision for the future

How much will the proposals cost to implement? Either Strategy is likely to cost in the order of �20m-�40m although we have only undertaken initial cost assessments. These figures represent the implementation of all the design elements including new street furniture where necessary and new surfaces throughout. Even if these measures were to receive full backing from the public, they would take many years to implement. The costs will therefore be spread over a long timescale. A more useful way to look at costs may be to look at the individual elements of the overall scheme. For instance, implementation of either scheme for Trafalgar Square which should ideally be undertaken as one package, would be likely to cost in the order of �8m. Parliament Square (including Old Palace Yard and Broad Sanctuary) would cost around �6m. Compared to many other millennium projects or lottery funded schemes, we believe that this is good value for money given the tremendous benefits which will occur.
Who is going to pay? In addition to possible funding from the study partners, it is intended to seek funding from the owners/occupiers of neighbouring properties, the private sector and from the National Lottery. The details will be worked on following the public consultation exercise.
What happens next? The responses fron the public consultation exercise will be analysed and the ideas revised to reflect the views of the public. It is intended that the results of the consultation exercise will be made public in a report to Westminster City Council's Environment and Planning Committee at the end of January. A final masterplan will be produced in Spring 1998 and then, subject to the support of the study partners, funding will be sought, legislation promoted and detailed designs for a further round of public consultation will be produced.


The future?