|St Giles Circus, London, UK
|Infrastructure, Public Realm
|London Underground Ltd
|Masterplanning and urban design
The highest quality public realm across the St Giles area’, successfully marrying the combined need to create enhanced and safe pedestrian space, with that of a functional and balanced interchange in the heart of the central London.
As a result of the development of Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road, a new public space is being created at St. Giles Circus, at the base of the 385-feet Centre Point tower. This new plaza will create a major new interchange in the heart of London’s West End.
Overlooked by Centre Point, St Giles Circus will be a world-class plaza, incorporating strong and simple streetscape and built forms, and will become the focus for the wider regeneration of the St Giles Circus neighbourhood. The aim is to create a successful new quarter that will enrich and integrate with the surrounding well-established neighbourhood, making it a vibrant community for people to work, live and play.
The overall concept envisages a raised piazza, incorporating strong and simple streetscape and built forms, providing a focus for the wider regeneration of the St Giles Circus.
The new space will provide an attractive environment for the large volumes of pedestrians using the stations to disperse — a new diagonal access will be established on the historic alignment of St Giles High Street on route to Covent Garden. The scheme will also play a significant role in connecting some of London’s most significant areas including Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden and Soho.