John McAslan in Oxford Street tram plan
The practice, which is behind the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station and is involved with the ambitious Crossrail project, has been commissioned by London Mayor Ken Livingstone to help him realise his vision to pedestrianise the famous shopping strip.
According to an unnamed source who has also worked in the area, the firm will look in particular at how trams could affect the public space.
The source said: ‘The latest is that John McAslan + Partners has been commissioned to do a feasibility study for the introduction of trams to Oxford Street.
‘We believe that John McAslan + Partners has also been commissioned to look into some of the public realm implications of the tram along Oxford Street.’
Livingstone unveiled his tram plans back in August 2006, saying he wanted to transform one of London’s busiest roads into a ‘pleasant stroll’.
If successful, the tram service will run from end to end of Oxford Street, with taxis able to cut across from north to south.
The mayor’s plans include a terminus at Marble Arch, scrapping the existing roundabout and replacing ‘tacky’ buildings with a convention centre.
A senior source from the mayor’s office confirmed McAslan’s appointment and said that an announcement will be made in two weeks time.
John McAslan + Partners declined to comment.