Following extensive public engagement and input from the community, Camden Council has now confirmed the final designs for three new and improved green spaces in the heart of London: Princes Circus in Holborn, and Alfred Place and Whitfield Gardens off Tottenham Court Road.
These new and renewed public spaces form part of the West End Project, the biggest council-led transport scheme the borough has ever seen. The West End Project will address traffic congestion, road safety, poor air quality and the fact that this area has previously had less than the Camden average of public open space.
Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment said:
“An integral part of the West End Project is to green the area by creating a totally new park in Alfred Place, the first for this part of the borough in a quarter of a century, innovatively turning road space into green space.
“We are also transforming Princes Circus in Holborn and rejuvenating Whitfield Gardens close to Goodge Street tube, both of which can be much improved.” “Our designs for these spaces have already been recognised for their quality. At this year’s New London Architecture Awards we won the award for Unbuilt Public Spaces. This recognises the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital. We have also been named joint winner in the Future Place category at the Pineapple Awards sponsored by the Design Council which showcase the best urban developments from across the UK.
“Accompanying the new public spaces we have been planting a significant number of new trees across the project area to further enhance the street scene and environment.”
Princes Circus has been redesigned to improve the pedestrian route between Covent Garden and the British Museum. Distinctive woodland style planting with new places to sit and enjoy the area, will make the space inviting and provide places to stop and rest.
Alfred Place will see a transformation of the road into a green space to provide an oasis of calm, complete with places for children to play and lawns to relax on.
The design for Whitfield Garden will revive a much cherished local space. It will improve the square with planting that thrives in shady locations. The park will be made accessible, allowing people to cross between Tottenham Court Road and Whitfield Street / Tottenham Street.