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Public Realm Survey and Standards

Westminster Housing

Public Realm Survey and Standards

The Church Street area is a central London neighbourhood that sits between Edgware Road and northern Marylebone. It has a predominantly residential character and is home to a number of local authority housing estates owned by Westminster City Council (WCC).

Publica was commissioned by WCC’s Housing Strategy and Performance department to investigate the area’s public realm conditions as a baseline for developing a set of deliverable standards and guidelines for the future improvement of streets and spaces on housing estates across Westminster.

Publica studied the neighbourhood as a whole, its land use, routes, connections and patterns of use, as well as the quality and nature of local amenities including play and sports provision. Simultaneously, we investigated the site at a material scale, identifying issues related to the maintenance, use and design of the public realm. Additionally, meetings and walks with stakeholders and residents formed an integral part of the project; these were key to understanding local issues, needs and aspirations and in establishing the priorities of the local community.

The standards document, which was produced following this process, highlights the specific and often recurring issues observed and analysed through our survey work. It sets out opportunities to improve public realm provision to better align with the high quality streets and spaces found across other parts of Westminster. Finally, the report provides recommendations for principles and guidelines that could be replicated across other Westminster housing estates.

  • Title: Westminster Housing: Public Realm Survey and Standards
  • Location: City of Westminster, London
  • Year: 2012
  • Client: Westminster City Council