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Architects to miss out as Mayor reveals vision for London public spaces

The Mayor of London has set out his vision to transform London’s public spaces - but not all schemes will feature input from architects

Better Streets – Practical Steps shows how small measures and larger planned redevelopments can improve London’s streets and public spaces.

Speaking at the launch of London’s Great Outdoors – A Manifesto for Public Space, the deputy chair of Transport for London Daniel Moyland said it was up to the promoter of each project on whether a design competition would be necessary.

He said: ‘To run a design competition isn’t cheap, you need to cover all the costs for the architects and it ends up amount to around £20,000 and for some of the schemes that’s a lot of money.’

£180 million is being invested in street and public space projects that will be delivered by 2012/13, including the redevelopment of Leicester Square, King’s Cross Square and a number improvements to town centres across outer London including Richmond, Sutton and Woolwich.

The introduction of diagonal crossings in Oxford Circus (pictured) was among the early schemes under the programme.

A full list of the projects can be viewed here.

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