Tottenham Court Road Urban Realm

Tottenham Court Road Urban Realm

MICA have been working with London Borough of Camden on the West End Project since 2015, developing a holistic public realm design for the St Giles area. The plan consolidates a series of sites under different ownerships into one overall vision, improving connections, access, activity and attractiveness, whilst creating a distinctive identity for the area.


Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall Joint-venture (London Underground's Contractor)


St Giles, London





Using the new Crossrail Tottenham Court Rd Station as a catalyst for public realm improvements; our designs create new crossings, new road layouts, road closures, new pedestrian routes and a major new public square for London.

The area masterplan aims to reduce congestion and pollution, creating more pedestrian friendly spaces with widened footways, tree lined streets and protected cycle lanes. This requires the introduction of two way traffic on Tottenham Court Road to ensure bus routes are simpler and faster. A key centrepiece of the scheme is the new public space created between Centre Point through the closure of Andrew Board Street and St Giles High Street, which provides a key new connection between Oxford Street and Covent Garden, also designed by our team.

Historically, this area has been dominated by busy roads with narrow and cluttered pavements restricting pedestrian movements. The existing station has four exits on corners of the crossing which the station proposals rationalise with new entrance pavilions to improve flows around the station. The highways proposals realign the existing junction and provide a new diagonal crossing to improve connections between Oxford Street, New Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road. The detailed design includes a temporary and permanent pavement design to facilitate a phased approach due to the complex construction constraints. The unique central location has offered the opportunity for bespoke design approach for street furniture with our team developing bespoke pre-cast concrete benches and bespoke illuminated bollards.

MICA’s team have played a key role leading the co-ordination of the emerging site parameters and level design, across the various projects around the site.

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