New City square near St Paul’s set for approval

The City Corporation is set to approve plans for the spectacular new square that I reported last year.

The scheme will transform the southern end of King Edward Street, in front of the new Panorama St Paul’s development on the site of the former BT headquarters. The developer is expected to make a contribution. The total cost, including substantial road alterations, will be £15 million.

Plans produced by LDA Design go to the Streets and Walkways sub committee on May 23, and then the full Court of Common Council in a month. If approved, construction would start in 2025.

Over 2500 people contributed a consultation process earlier this year, giving strong support to the scheme, and for measures to improve the environment for people walking and cycling.

Preferences were:

  • Trees and Plants 87%;
  • Places to sit 79%;
  • Cycle route 56%;
  • Public art 40%;
  • Water feature 32%;
  • Refreshment kiosk 22%;
  • Children’s play area 17%;
  • Event Space 16%.

Further consultation on details is planned for August/September, including what to call the square. Options are:

  1. King Edward Square
  2. Greyfriars Square
  3. Newgate Square
  4. Queen Elizabeth Square

The current view at the southern end of King Edward Street

… and from Google Earth

Thanks to LDA for the CGI images

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