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Hanover Square

Public Realm Vision and Concept Design

Hanover Square

Public Realm Vision and Concept Design

In 2010, Publica advised on the integration of a new courtyard and pedestrian routes within the over station development at Hanover Square. Following the success of Publica’s contribution to the development receiving planning approval, Publica was additionally commissioned to develop new concept designs for Hanover Square itself, the public gardens and entry streets.

Public realm upgrades to Hanover Square and its environs will create well-designed public space fit for the arrival of Crossrail; providing a new front door to the West End and a true oasis space in the city. The public realm vision will initiate a step change in the quality of public realm provision in the West End heralding a new approach to the district’s historic townscape, its integration with the upgraded transport infrastructure and restoration of an important and beautiful amenity space. The project will provide a high quality setting for a number of significant new buildings, and will help to support the promotion of the wider West End as a retail environment, place to do business and an area to visit.

The project is currently at early design stage and is planned to be delivered for the opening of the Crossrail station in late 2018, to address the acute need for improvements to the public realm outside Bond Street (East) station. The project is being developed with Great Portland Estates, Westminster City Council, Transport for London, Crossrail, Historic England and with the neighbouring landowners and developers.

Elements of the project being developed by Publica include: pedestrianisation of the west side of the Square; new natural stone paving and materials; new pedestrian crossings; de-cluttering of street spaces; a new lighting strategy; opportunities for public art and other markers in the area; new trees and improvements to existing gardens; improvements to reveal historic vistas, listed buildings, the Pitt statue and the historic cabmen's shelter; and vehicle access changes which might encompass timed service access only or bus priority streets in some areas and a new taxi rank.

  • Title: Hanover Square Public Realm Vision and Concept Design
  • Location: City of Westminster, London
  • Year: 2015
  • Client: Vision and concept design developed with GHS(GP) Great Portland Estates and Westminster City Council