Archive for March 2011

Crossrail - Davies Street - Works Update

Ground investigation works on Davies Street are currently taking place and will carry on till the end of June 2011. Please view the information sheet below for further information.

Ground investigation works in Davies Street site -

Crossrail - Bond Street Station - Works Update

Over the last few months Crossrail and London Underground have been undertaking major works in and around Bond Street as part of their projects to bring better transport links to the West End.

Extensive utility works and changes to bus routes along Oxford Street and accross the West End could effect you. Please view the Spring 2011 Newsletter below for detailed information.

There are Community Liason Grpoups (CLGs) for both the Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road projects that meet on a regular basis to allow the concerns of residents and businesses to be raised with Crossrail. If you wish to attend these meetings please contact me or Crossrail direct at

Transforming Bond Street Station - Spring 2011 edition -

Cleveland Street - Old Workhouses Listed

Although this property falls immediately outside the West End Ward boundary (as it is on the other side of Cleveland Street and therefore within the London Borough of Camden) the proposal to demolish the workhouses and replace them with a large residential development would have had great implications for the ward. There was particular concern that a large influx of new residents would impose undue pressure on facilities including schools and local medical facilities.

However, it was announced on the 15th March 2011 that following a campaign from local residents and others, that the workhouses have now been listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Science which means it is now extremely unlikely that any demolition of the structure and redevelopment of the site on the basis currently being considered by Camden will proceed.

The campaign to save these warehouses which have now been linked with Charles Dickens (who lived in Cleveland Street as a child), has united the opinions of Camden Borough and the West End Ward. There is hope that the cooperation that has been achieved can continue and that work on Cleveland Street, which provides an important link from Mortimer Street to the Marylebone Road  will now proceed. Plans are afoot for further tree planting and Public Realm upgrade and the number of projects for refurbishment of properties are now pending.

Now that the uncertainty around the warehouse has been resolved, it may help to speed this process.

TUC Rally - March 26th 2011

Saturday March 26th 2011 will see a demonstration and rally entitled 'March for the Alternative' take place. Participants are planning to assemble at 11am between Temple Place and Blackfriars making their way towards Hyde Park where the rally is scheduled to end at 4.30pm.

Police are expecting up to 200,000 people to join the march and whilst the vast majority will be there to engage in peaceful protest there is a concern that fringe groups will use the demonstration as an opportunity to cause disruption throughout the West End.

See below for Metropolitan Police advice which gives further details to reassure businesses that they will be protected throughout the day.

March 26th - TUC Rally -

Ham Yard Project Update

Firmdale Hotels have recently submitted an application to Westminster City Council for planning permission of a hotel-led mixed use development.

I am particularly that apart from the high quality architectural finishes and new public space that the application includes significant new works of art and a public drinking fountain which, if permission is granted will be the first new drinking fountain to be created in West End Ward for many decades. They will also be planting semi-mature trees within the development, providing green roofs and making provision for hens and bees on the roofs of the hotel.

In a further move Firmdale have agreed with Soho School to make there new theatre available for use by the school for their regular events during the year. Firmdale have also offered to provide the sum of £431,000 to provide for the cost of social housing elsewhere within Westminster as it did not prove possible to include such provision within the development itself.

The exhibition boards below provides detailed information about the Scheme and also gives you the opportunity to ask your questions and make any comments to Westminster City Council by quoting the reference 10/06798/FULL.

Ham Yard project - Public exhibition Boards -

Drinking Fountains Update

I have been continuing with my campaigning to see public drinking fountains restored and installed in order to improve access to free drinking water throughout the West End Ward.

Although this has proved difficult in certain instances, I have now received assurances from various developers undertaking major development in the ward, including those at Ham Yard, Hanover Square and Newman Street that they will install and maintain publicly accessible drinking fountains.

I am also working with the Council and private organisations to further this aim.

I have raised this issue both at a London level and repeatedly with Ministers, most recently with Caroline Spelman (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) where she confirmed her support for the proposals.

Although progress has been frustratingly slow it is an important project that I will continue to pursue.

Oxford Circus - Diagonal Crossing - Civic Trust Awards

Oxford Circus - Diagonal Crossing
Te Oxford Circus diagonal crossing Scheme, acknowledged both locally and worldwide as an innovative and successful Public Realm Scheme has received a further award, this time from the prestigious Civic Trust.

The key intersection had been a troublesome route for pedestrians and transport but the introduction of the diagonal crossing scheme, supported by Westminster City Council, The Crown Estate and Transport for London has transformed the crossing by improving accessibility. The widening of kerbs to create so much more safe space for pedestrians and the removal of street clutter and redundant barriers have shown how improvements can be achieved without compromising on safety or design.

The Scheme has succeeded in recreating the idea of circular space defined by matching frontages, originally intended by architect, John Nash and is now worthy of its iconic status.

Crossrail - Tottenham Court Road - Update

The upgrading of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and the works taking place for the introduction of Crossrail are well underway.

The Tottenham Court Road Spring Newsletter 2011 presented below, provides detailed information of the works currently being undertaken and what to expect in the near future.

TCR Newsletter - Spring 2011 -

Oxford Street - Primark Gets Its East End Store

Proposed development plans submitted by the fashion retailer Primark have been successful. The flagship store will be located at the eastern end of Oxford Street but will also be fronting Hanway Street.

To read more about the development, please follow this link and see pages 7 and 8.

Mayfair - Oxford Street - Park House Redevelopment

Major progress can be seen on the re-construction of Park House. Please see the March 2011 Newsletter which provides detailed information on the works that have taken place over the last month.

Park House Newsletter Mar 2011 -

Planning Application - 77 South Audley Street

A planning application has been made to the Council to convert an existing planning consent for offices to residential. This involves the retention of the existing listing fa├žade of part of the building and the replacement of the current building to the south side (originally constructed in the late 60’s, early 70’s) with a new building which is more in keeping with its surroundings and constructed to a higher standard.

The building will be exclusively residential providing a limited number of large flats for which there is significant demand in Mayfair from local and international buyers.

The proposed project involves digging down beneath the current building to provide three layers of basement for parking, swimming pool etc… and all of the plant, required to surf the building is proposed to be enclosed within the appropriate acoustic enclosures.

Generally the Council welcomes the opportunity to provide further residential units and allows for conversion of commercial premises for such purpose. However, if you have any specific comments on this Scheme then please engage in the Council’s process of consultation which will run for next few weeks.

To view the full planning brochure please click here.
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Oxford Street - Planning Application - New Shopper Pavilion

A planning application for the development of the West End’s first Shopper Pavilion was submitted to Westminster City Council by the New West End Company.

Partners include House of Fraser, John Lewis Partnership, Land Securities Group plc, Derwent London plc, Great Portland Estate Plc and working closely with Westminster City Council, Transport for London and New West End Company.  A not-for-profit Oasis Development Company will be established which will manage and own the Shopper Pavilion.

The development will welcome shoppers to the World’s most famous retail district, with Olympic visitors set to boost the West End retail economy by over £100 million during Games time.

To view the full press release please click here.