London mayor Boris Johnson today announced that Piccadilly Circus will be redesigned ahead of the London 2012 Games with funds coming from Transport for London’s Local Implementation Plan Major Schemes programme.
Consultant Atkins has been chosen as the scheme designer. Its public realm technical director Peter Heath said: “We are using the same design approach as we used on the successful Oxford Circus diagonal crossing. The expertise gained on that project has already helped us to produce another transformational concept that promises to rejuvenate Piccadilly Circus.
“However, solving the serious pedestrian congestion and civic design issues at this site presents an even greater challenge, so it is vital that our experts work with all of the stakeholders on careful modelling and technical assessments before construction can begin. This is a process that will be carried out over the next few months while the design is finalised.
“We applaud the mayor’s funding decision as, with The Crown Estate and Westminster City Council’s contribution, this scheme will free up vital London 2012 Games routes to and from areas like St James’s and Pall Mall, near to Horseguards Parade, where Atkins is also helping to deliver the beach volleyball arena for the Games,” he said.