Hanover Square Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Hanover Square Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Ward: West End

Streets Affected: Hanover Square

Project Type: Streetscape

Project Overview

This project is revitalising the area into a high quality public space fitting of its heritage by widening and decluttering the narrow footways, introducing high quality natural stone materials and new street lighting. The works will also involve carriageway renewal, which will take place once the footway works have been undertaken. The improvements will accommodate the significant increase in pedestrians expected with the opening of the new Crossrail station.

As part of the scheme, we are also seeking to restore the gardens and create an oasis space here for all those who live, work in and visit this area. 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 at the bottom of the page.

Hanover Square Gardens Improvements Consultation.
A key part of the Public Realm Improvements is to enhance the Hanover Square Gardens. The gardens are an invaluable and much-loved asset in this important part of London which sit at the heart of the area’s townscape. The gardens have fantastic potential to be improved as a genuine oasis space for the use and enjoyment of local residents, workers and visitors alike throughout the day.

Public Realm Vision
The 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.

The video below provides a look at the proposals for the Square once completed.

Please note that following stakeholder consultation since this video was produced some proposals have been revised including the proposed location of the listed cabmen’s shelter which is now proposed to be relocated to a central location on the south side of Hanover Square at the 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.

If you would like to find out more about the Hanover Square scheme, please view our information leaflets at the bottom of this page. If you’d like to sign up to your mailing list, where you can receive regular updates about the works, please contact our Communications Manager at: hanoversquare@wsp.com.


Works on site

Outline Programme

Our works on site commenced on Monday 4th February 2019 on Harewood Place. These works consisted of upgrading the existing footway with high-quality Yorkstone and installing new kerb lines. Following the completion of this section the works have moved into the northeast corner of the Square and will continue in a clock-wise direction around the square.

The phases of construction and works programme can be downloaded here.

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Project Documents


    In Consultation
    Design Stage
    Works due
    Works on site
    Works completed