With seating, attractive greenery and a ‘Wallace’ water fountain, the Manchester Square project will provide a peaceful respite for workers and residents. The space will also enhance the setting of a much-loved cultural institution, The Wallace Collection, as well as supporting their community and outreach work. The plans include increased pedestrian safety and accessibility with wider footways, reduced traffic and step-free crossings and a dedicated eastbound cycle lane on the Northern side of the square. All the additions will create a welcoming gateway to the area from the south – particularly important once CrossRail has opened at Bond Street.
The benefits of the Manchester Square project include:
• A new public space providing respite, greening and seating
• Improved pedestrian safety and accessibility with wider footways, reduced traffic and step-free crossings
• A new setting and open space to enhance a major free-to-enter cultural venue, celebrating the cultural and historic value of Manchester Square
• The introduction of a dedicated eastbound cycle lane on the northern side of the square
Proposed Design & Timeline
You can view the proposed designs for Manchester Square on the Oxford Street District website.
A consultation on the project ran from 29 October to 3 December 2021, which found that 83% of those consulted were supportive of the proposal.
Construction is planned to commence in spring 2022, with works expected to take up to nine months to complete. Precise timings will be announced ahead of construction and further engagement with local residents, businesses and any impacted stakeholders will continue.
If you would like to be signed up to the construction updates from the project team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.