DSDHA and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have unveiled these designs for one of the UK's most important projects - the redevelopment of Parliament Square in central London. The images, exclusively revealed by the AJ, are the first designs from a feasibility study for the reshaping of the square.
The core aim of the project will be to improve the central area of the square and close off the south side to traffic, which, it is hoped, will also reduce traffic flow on the other three sides. The scheme will also aim to create crossings on to the square, as well as improve disability access, which does not meet current standards. The project is part of the World Squares Masterplan, which was produced by Foster & Partners in 1998. This masterplan had a long-term vision for an overall development running from Trafalgar Square, south through Whitehall and down to Parliament Square. The first phase of the project was Trafalgar Square, which was completed in 2003.
Whitehall was supposed to be the second phase, but, according to the GLA, the success of Trafalgar Square led to London Mayor Ken Livingstone deciding to look at Parliament Square instead. 'The images give an idea of how the square might look, ' said Gill Bull, of the GLA squares development. 'The Mayor is currently commissioning design work and traffic modelling to see how it might work.' The scheme is subject to planning approval from Westminster Council, but detailed designs are yet to be produced. However, it is understood the Mayor's office is hoping to begin work in the latter half of 2008, with completion due in 2010.