Winchester Station Approach Public Realm Strategy

Publica is delighted to have been named lead consultant developing a strategy for public realm improvements for the Winchester Station Approach area. We are working with a team led by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) who were appointed by Winchester City Council (WCC) to provide architectural design and related services for the Station Approach development. 

The project consists of a masterplan framework that considers mixed-use development across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites alongside improvements to the public realm. ​

Posted in: Recent News, Projects
Date: 11 January 2018

Public realm improvements for Bond Street underway

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. 

Click here to see a time-lapsed video of the construction that’s underway.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 11 January 2018

Tonic Housing Design Charette

On 10 October 2017, Publica hosted and facilitated a design charette for Tonic Housing CIC (Tonic) to explore refining a set of site criteria for the UK’s first LGBT+ majority retirement community.

Supported by Publica’s CIC since 2015, Tonic is a social enterprise which aims to achieve a national demonstration project that challenges the anonymity often found in older people’s housing. Tonic’s vision is led by the belief that creativity, innovation, accessibility, affirmation and joy can help to tackle the isolation, fear and discrimination experienced within the community.

The design charette’s purpose was to focus debate about project priorities and opportunities in a low-risk, structured environment; intended as a ‘dry run’ in advance of key decisions that Tonic will make about the development in the near future, including the selection of a suitable site.

We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm to participate from our invited guests. The group of experts that attended the charette represented a broad cross-section of designers, developers and thinkers, all with extensive knowledge of the culture and constraints within which Tonic's vision will be realised.

The evening was structured around a series of exercises that allowed participants to produce a set of key design considerations for Tonic to use in their search for a suitable site. 

Attendees were representatives from architecture and design firms, including Pollard Thomas Evans, Duggan Morris Architects, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Jonathan Tuckey Designs, and Adam Khan Architects; and specialist researchers, including Veracity/Dubishere.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 16 October 2017

London First Champions Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair Projects

London First has announced that it will be backing three transformational public realm projects in the West End at Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair. It’s hoped that by championing these schemes the group, comprised of The Portman Estate, Arup, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, can work with the West End Business Improvement Districts to confirm funding and delivery within the next five years.​

Publica produced the public realm visions and urban design proposals for all of the selected schemes. The Northbank BID commissioned Publica’s work on Aldwych, Westminster City Council and Great Portland Estates commissioned our work on Hanover Square, and The Pollen Estate commissioned the East Mayfair project.

Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said: “The plans for Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair promise to transform the areas, making them more open, accessible and attractive for residents, local businesses and the millions of people who visit the West End each year. To make sure they don’t get stuck on the drawing board, business is joining forces to champion the work, delivering real ambition and investment for London and our world-famous streets.”

Publica is very pleased that these projects have received recognition from London First, and look forward to continuing to work with our clients, local authorities and Transport for London to ensure that these schemes are delivered.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 13 July 2017

Launch of 'A Future for the Oxford Street District’

Publica, working with Volterra and Gerald Eve, has completed a two year study and report on Oxford Street and the surrounding area, exploring how it can be transformed from a single shopping street into a varied, entertaining and well-connected district of distinct neighbourhoods. The newly launched report, A Future for the Oxford Street District, and accompanying website, illustrates a bold aspiration for this area to become a vibrant centre for civic life and commerce with the world’s best retail and culture destination at its heart. 

Commissioned by New West End Company (NWEC), the report will be officially launched on 15 June 2017 at the 2017 London Real Estate Forum by Westminster City Council Leader, Councillor Nickie Aiken, Sue West, Director of Operations at Selfridges & Co., Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, and Jace Tyrell NWEC CEO. 

A Future for the Oxford Street District has been developed in response to the ambitious vision adopted by the West End Partnership for the wider West End and it also forms the basis for New West End Company’s response to the recent Westminster City Council and Transport for London consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street. The report is intended both to inspire and to demonstrate how the Oxford Street district can make a greater contribution to the success of the West End, and in doing so secure its future as a world-class shopping, cultural and commercial centre. Actions for delivering this future will include environmental and public realm upgrades to reduce traffic, improving air quality, and enhancing wayfinding and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. A dynamic mix of uses across the district will also be sensitively established, together with a vibrant district-wide programme of cultural uses, activities and events that will reinvigorate the area and safeguard its future.    


Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 15 June 2017

44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields receives planning permission

44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, a major new development for The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was granted planning permission by Westminster City Council on 13 June. Publica played a major role in the design of the public realm in the lead up to the submission for planning approval. 

Purchased by LSE in 2013, the largely 1960s building will be entirely demolished and will be replaced with a new building by Grafton Architects to house The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, the academic departments of Accounting, Finance and Management, teaching facilities, as well as sports and arts rehearsal facilities including a Sports England standard multi-purpose sports hall for use by staff and students of LSE. 

Publica reviewed Grafton's overall strategy for the design of the public realm in terms of quality, viability, compliance with Westminster's vision. Our team developed initial public realm proposals to guide and shape the concept design, providing strategic guidance throughout the concept design process to help steer the design team and ensure the integration of the building with its immediate context. Publica's work included further investigation into the surrounding streets and spaces and formulating ideas for a wider public realm strategy. 

Posted in: Projects
Date: 13 June 2017

Bond Street breaking ground

Publica is delighted that the Bond Street public realm improvement works are breaking ground today, in a special event where funders and partners will be joined by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe CBE. 

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. We are delighted that the project, which presents a unique opportunity to deliver a timeless and elegant streetscape and quality civic setting to promenade, shop and do business will be realised. 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 26 April 2017

Lucy Musgrave appears on Soho Radio

Lucy was invited to appear on Soho Radio’s show 'The Soho Society Hour’ on 9th March with hosts Clare Lynch and Leslie Hardcastle. She was asked on to discuss Publica’s survey and report in Soho, which was very well received by local residents and community groups, and to discuss the challenges that Soho is facing with the arrival of Crossrail and increased visitor numbers to the West End. Lucy also was asked to pick some of her favourite Soho-related songs and talk about her memories of the area. Listen to the interview in full here.

Posted in: Projects, Studio
Date: 10 March 2017

West End Partnership Prosperity Group Meeting

Lucy Musgrave was invited to present Publica’s recent work on Oxford Street, (produced in collaboration with Gerald Eve and Volterra) to the West End Partnership Prosperity Group on 18 October.

Prosperity and ensuring that local people and all Londoners can see and access the benefits of greater prosperity and better life opportunities as part of a thriving and growing West End, is one of the West End Partnership’s core areas of focus. A board has been formed (the West End Partnership Prosperity Group) to oversee the delivery of relevant projects relating to prosperity and to report back to the West End Partnership’s board. The prosperity group comprises a number of representatives from owners and occupiers through to local authorities as well as Greater London Authority figures.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 19 October 2016

Publica presents to Singapore Ministerial delegation

Lucy Musgrave was invited to present Publica’s recent work at Bond Street and Oxford Street to the Business Minister for Singapore and his delegation on Wednesday 12th October.

The delegation were visiting London to meet with Business Improvement District (BID), the New West End Company, to understand more about how BIDs in the city run and the scope of some of their projects - particularly public realm works. The delegation’s primary focus was how the lessons learnt in the UK may be able to translate to BIDs which are currently being introduced in Singapore. 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 14 October 2016

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