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Hanover Square Courtyard

Hanover Square Courtyard and New Pedestrian Routes

Hanover Square Courtyard

Hanover Square Courtyard and New Pedestrian Routes

The opening of the Crossrail Bond Street station at Hanover Square in 2018 will transform the character of the square and dramatically increase the amount of pedestrian traffic across the area.

Great Portland Estates commissioned Publica to work alongside architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) to develop a public realm strategy and design principles for the over-station development and site between Hanover Square and Bond Street. Publica advised on the integration of the masterplan into the surrounding neighbourhoods and set design principles for a new courtyard and connections between Hanover Square, Tenterden Street and Bond Street.

Publica produced a detailed evidence base report that included a survey of the character and patterns of use within the local area, an analysis of Westminster’s policy guidance, and a series of comparative local and international public space case studies. Building from this intelligence base, Publica outlined a set of recommendations for future uses and programmes within the new courtyard space, together with complementary tree, planting, art and lighting strategies. Publica worked with an aboricultural consultant to develop a detailed planting strategy.

The recommendations demonstrate how this new public space can become a complementary amenity to Hanover Square, a unique place with a distinctive character that benefits from a quiet location and a rich heritage context. Publica’s contributions formed an important part of the project’s planning submissions in May 2011 and December 2014. The masterplan for the courtyard received planning approval from Westminster City Council, and officers and members of the planning committee commended the high quality of the public realm strategy.

Publica has continued to work with the architects LDS and landscape architects to jointly develop final designs for the new public spaces. Publica has also developed concept designs for Hanover Square, its entry streets, and its integration with the new Crossrail station, developing designs that reflect its new role as a gateway into the West End.

  • Title: Hanover Square Masterplan: ‘Dering Yard’ Public Realm Strategy
  • Location: City of Westminster, London
  • Year: 2010
  • Client: Great Portland Estates