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Marylebone Lane

Public Realm Study

Marylebone Lane

Public Realm Study

Marylebone Lane sits in the southwestern corner of the Howard de Walden Estate, to the north of Oxford Street and to the south of Marylebone High Street. At odds with the grand grid streets developed by the Estate in the 18th Century, the Lane is an older, historically prominent route that once ran alongside the Tyburn River, a tributary of the River Thames.

Publica was commissioned by the Estate to develop a vision and subsequently designs for Marylebone Lane. Several developments at its southern end, new building acquisitions and the Estate’s ongoing improvements within the district as a whole, set the challenge to re-integrate the Lane and improve its public realm offer.

After an initial public realm survey that analysed the use, pedestrian experience and wider context of the neighbourhood, Publica developed concept designs for the Lane. Proposals subtly embrace it’s historic prominence as a river route. They focus on creating a better quality and more attractive pedestrian environment and improved connections between the Marylebone area, Oxford Street and St Christopher’s Place. Plans include changes to pavement lines, resurfacing and landscaping options, and ongoing strategies for lighting, greenery, signage and awnings.

In March 2013 an exhibition of proposed designs was extremely well received by Marylebone locals, users and occupiers, with a very high approval rating. Plans have now been adopted by The Howard de Walden Estate and Westminster City Council, and are currently in pre application stages with WCC, and work began on site in February 2015.

  • Title: Marylebone Lane Public Realm Study
  • Location: City of Westminster, London
  • Year: 2011
  • Client: Howard De Walden Estate