Hanover Square Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Hanover Square Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Ward: West End

Streets Affected: Hanover Square

Project Type: Streetscape

Project Overview

Following Traffic Management Order Consultation in January 2018, Westminster City Council continues to finalise the design proposals for public realm improvements in Hanover Square.

The proposals have now received Cabinet Member approval to implement the Traffic Management Order changes outlined in the 2018 consultation and proceed to construction on site.

The project will be delivered in phases to accommodate construction and operation of Crossrail’s Bond Street Station Eastern Ticket Hall and associated developments.

The station is due to open in the north-west corner of the Square in 2019.

Traffic Management Orders Consultation January 2018:
Information about the Traffic Management Orders can be found here. The TMO Consultation closed on the 9th February 2018. The outcome of this consultation is reported in Cabinet Member Report 3 which can be found at the bottom of this page.
Public Realm Vision
The continued vision for the Square seeks to:
  • Transform the Square into a high quality public space fitting of its heritage and future use.
  • Deliver enhanced public spaces to accommodate the significant increase in pedestrians expected with the opening of Crossrail’s Bond Street station.
  • Provide an exceptional arrival and user experience in the heart of Central London.
As part of this scheme we are seeking to restore the gardens and create an oasis space here for all those who live, work in and visit this area. 4 self-seeded trees are proposed to be removed as part of this scheme, however significantly more trees are proposed to be planted. Details are set out in the leaflet attached below. Proposals for the gardens will be subject to further consultation in due course.

Westminster City Council as the local highway authority is leading on the public realm project. The principles for the public realm have been developed and the current proposals are shown in the downloadable leaflets below.

As part of the proposed Hanover Square Public Realm Improvements Project, Westminster City Council has laid two sample materials panels in Hanover Square in order to review the proposed materials for the Square’s kerbs and footways. We are testing the possible materials to be introduced across the Square. These are located in the south east corner of the Square and will remain in place until the first phase of the scheme is completed in early 2019.

The proposed materials included within the panels are:
  • Silver grey and dark granite kerbs
  • York stone and Caithness paving
If you would like to find out more about the Hanover Square scheme please see the attached leaflets below or contact our Communications Manager at: hanoversquare@wsp.com. Please register your interest with the WSP team to receive regular updates by email once the project work starts on site.

The video below shows how the scheme is currently proposed to look once completed.

Please note this scheme has been amended following stakeholder consultation, with the listed cabmen’s shelter now proposed to be relocated to a central location on the south side of Hanover Square at its junction with St. George’s Street. This is not shown in the video, but further details are set out in the 2nd Cabinet Member Report relating to this scheme which is linked to below.


Works on site

Outline Programme

Construction has now commenced with FM Conway carrying out initial enabling works and BT undertaking utility works on the southeast corner of Hanover Square. We expect these to finish by end of March 2019 and we will update this page when the next phase commences.

Our main works, which are now scheduled to begin in early 2019, will start in Harewood Place and continue around the square throughout the year. There has been slight delay to the start of these works due to unforeseen circumstances of on-going projects in the surrounding area. A detailed programme of delivery of the Council's Hanover Square Public Realm Improvements Scheme is being finalised.

The Hanover Square scheme is being designed to create a new gateway into London's West End while linking in with neighbouring Public Realm Improvement Projects in Bond Street, Brook Street and any future proposals for the Oxford Street district.

Project Documents


    In Consultation
    Design Stage
    Works due
    Works on site
    Works completed