The Crown Estate and Westminster City Council have unveiled plans to transform London’s iconic Regent Street. The plans form part of a shared vision to deliver a greener, cleaner, safer and more accessible West End.
Set to be completed before Christmas, the new designs will deliver significant improvements for safety, accessibility and air quality.
Wider pavements will be introduced, creating approximately 5,000sqm of additional space for pedestrians, to improve visitors’ experience, support social distancing and improve accessibility. Traffic will be reduced, with road space cut to a single vehicle lane in each direction, and cycle lanes will be introduced as well as new cycle parking hubs and stands. Bus stops will be enhanced with accessible boarding and space for waiting.
Sustainable tree planting and greenery will also be introduced helping to boost biodiversity, improve air quality, and further enhance Regent’s Street’s iconic John Nash design. New seating will also be installed, creating places for people to pause and rest.
Construction commenced on the new designs this week, following on from the measures put in place to widen pavements using temporary barriers.
This is the latest initiative in The Crown Estate’s continued investment in Regent Street, which it manages on behalf of the Regent Street Partnership – comprised of The Crown Estate and Norges Bank Investment Management.
The new interim designs build on other recent initiatives within The Crown Estate’s Central London portfolio to support sustainable travel, such as the introduction of BIKE-DROP – a new pop-up concept, offering convenient, safe and secure bike parking.
Nick Edwards, chair of landscape architecture at BDP, says: “The collaboration between The Crown Estate, Westminster City Council and their design team has resulted in an outstanding design solution for this temporary and necessary enhancement to Regent Street. The layout will safely support pedestrian movement whilst ensuring that lush greening and new seating enhances the experience of, what is arguably, London’s most famous retail destination.
“Attractive planting from Langham Place to Waterloo Place will support London’s Wild West End initiative, reinforcing the ethos that being close to nature helps to make people feel happier, enriches user experience and will support retail businesses in the process.”