New West End Company works in partnership with Westminster City Council, the Mayor’s Office, Transport for London and the West End Partnership to deliver new public realm projects throughout London’s West End & Mayfair. Here are a number of transformation projects that are currently underway to prepare the district for the opening of the Elizabeth line in December.
Wild West End Garden
New West End Company has launched a new garden in London’s West End, which has been created in partnership with The Portman Estate, Wild West End, Marble Arch London BID, Baker Street Quarter Partnership and FM Conway.
‘Wild West End Garden’ was designed and produced by award-winning garden designer Kate Gould and was showcased at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The garden has transformed a quiet street on The Portman Estate in Marylebone, by removing traffic to create a rich habitat for wildlife, improve air quality and provide a new, calm public space for people living, working and visiting London’s West End.
A £10 million public realm improvement scheme is almost complete on Bond Street.
Led by New West End Company together with Westminster City Council and Transport for London and supported by major Bond Street retailers and property owners, the project will completely transform the public space across Old and New Bond Street, helping strengthen its position as the global centre of luxury retail.
Delivered over an 18 month period, the works are due to be finished in time for the arrival of the Elizabeth line in autumn 2018.
To minimise disruption for residents and businesses, the enhancements to Bond Street will be carried out in different work streams. View the project leaflet to find out more.
In December 2017 the new Town Square was completed, forming a key space of the updated public realm. Watch the time lapse video here.
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Oxford Street District Transformation
Westminster City Council has agreed a budget and timetable to deliver plans to transform the Oxford Street District, including responses to poor air quality, the changing nature of retail and safety issues related to the opening of the Elizabeth line.
This provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create and deliver a long-term vision for the Oxford Street District as we prepare to welcome an additional 30 million annual visits to the West End when the Elizabeth line becomes fully operational in 2020.
A clear vision is essential to guide the future growth of the district and marks a major step towards the creation of a new West End. New West End Company will continue to champion the case for district wide transformation, represent our members’ interests with all the key authorities.
The Elizabeth Line
The £14.8 billion Elizabeth line will open in December 2018, transforming the traffic and pedestrian flow in the West End with new stations at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
- 200 million passenger journeys will be made on the Elizabeth line every year, increasing London’s rail capacity by 10%
- The three West End stations will see an increase in demand of 42% between 2016 and 2021
- It is estimated to increase turnover in the West End from £8.8 billion to £13 billion by 2021
The Elizabeth line marks the beginning of a new era for the West End and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform public realm in the area to strengthen its position as the number one global retail and leisure destination.
Download our Elizabeth line report for more information.
We are supporting Westminster City Council on a project to transform Hanover Square into an internationally significant public space and support the economic growth of the surrounding area.
The scheme aims to reconfigure and renovate the gardens in the centre of the square and the public realm around it to ensure the space can accommodate the large increase in pedestrian movement expected with the opening of the Elizabeth line station at Hanover Square.
To find out more about the proposals, visit the Westminster City Council website.
We are working with Westminster City Council on a project to significantly improve the public realm in the East Mayfair area and reinforce the setting of the area as the centre of the London art world.
These works support the area during a time of considerable change, with the coming of the Elizabeth line, the opening of the new Royal Academy building and entrance on Burlington Gardens, the regeneration of the galleries and associated uses on Cork Street.
The first phase of the scheme includes proposals for Savile Row, Cork Street, Burlington Gardens, Clifford Street, Old Burlington Street and Boyle Street, with later phases set to look further north and east to Conduit Street, St George Street, Pollen Street, Maddox Street, Vigo Street and Sackville Street.
We transformed Bird Street, a disused space off Oxford Street, into the world’s first ‘Smart Street’.
The pilot project, which was funded through Transport for London’s Future Streets incubator scheme along with the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood following a successful application by New West End Company, provided a welcome oasis of sustainability and innovation for visitors, workers and shoppers in the West End.
The tech-friendly, traffic-free hub off Oxford Street was transformed with a range of cutting edge sustainable technologies, including Pavegen technology, which generates electricity from pedestrian movement, and Airlite’s revolutionary air purifying paint.
The new space also featured a curated collection of pop-ups, delivered in partnership with Appear Here, to further transform the street with a revolving mix of cutting edge fashion, technology and alfresco dining.
The pilot ended on 21 December 2017.