Sir Terry Farrell has produced this vision for London's Euston/Marylebone Road, which transforms the blighted thoroughfare into the capital's equivalent of the Champs Elysées. Farrell, who will be presenting his ideas in the Peter Milo memorial lecture next month, has developed his proposals as part of the GLA's 'One Hundred Squares'project. The road contains numerous hotels, universities and office headquarters along its length as well as some of the city's best transport connections, linking it to Gatwick, Heathrow and eventually the Channel Tunnel.
Farrell's proposal for a grand boulevard includes the creation of vibrant public spaces at key points along its length that, with improved seating, lighting and landscaping, would provide settings for public activity.Discussions are under way with the Royal Parks to arrange for public access to the gardens at Park Square and Park Crescent. The vision includes the simplification of pedestrian movement across the road with the removal of underpasses, and the development of the parallel streets.These suggestions - which form an 'intellectual framework'and follow on from Farrell's earlier ideas for the Royal Parks and the Thames, as well as controversial proposals for Buckingham Palace - have received strong support from Camden and Westminster councils.Both bodies are looking at how to raise funds to commission individual designers to produce smaller-scale masterplans for the various sites along the route.
1Humanise the flyover at Edgware Gate.
2Improve pedestrian routes and introduce more pavement activity at 'Marylebone Circus'.
3Improve the landscape and pedestrian crossing at York Gate.
4Create a route through Park Crescent to improve connections for pedestrians between Regent's Park and Portland Place.
5Improve the setting of Holy Trinity Church at Great Portland Street.
6Remove the Euston underpass to improve crossings and simplify traffic circulation.
7Develop 'Library Place'behind the British Library to create a new piazza 8Introduce more activity at the library's 'Library Square'.
Sir Terry Farrell will present the proposals in the Peter Milo memorial lecture for the Company of Chartered Architects on Tuesday 4 February.
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