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Parliament Square revamp could be scrapped

The redevelopment of one of the country’s most important public spaces, Parliament Square in central London, has been delayed by at least five months and could even be scrapped.

The scheme, led by Hawkins\Brown Architects and involving a team including Swiss firm Vogt Landscape Architects and DSDHA, was due to be made public this month, but the AJ has learned that the change of Mayor has thrown it into doubt.

Rhianon Jenkins, Greater London Authority project manager for Trafalgar and Parliament Squares, said: ‘We don’t know what will happen. There will not be a public consultation in May, as there has to be a review. The first thing we will do is brief the Mayor. Until we have a better understanding
of his intentions, we won’t be releasing any more information.’

However, Hawkins\Brown’s Roger Hawkins was more upbeat about the future of the scheme, adding that the earliest public consultation will most likely be after the summer.

Hawkins said: ‘Everything has been delayed because of the Mayoral elections, and we won’t be able to hold the public consultation in July or August as it wouldn’t be seen as a fair consultation. So it looks like September.’

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