Cork Street Public Realm Improvement Project

Cork Street Public Realm Improvement Project

Ward: West End

Streets Affected: Burlington Gardens, Clifford Street, Cork Street

Project Type: Developer and third party funded

Project Overview


Westminster City Council is making a series of improvements on Cork Street and adjacent roads to improve pedestrian movement and safety. The changes will improve the links between Cork Street and other parts of East Mayfair, in line with other ongoing improvements in this area. Works will begin mid-August 2018 and will continue for approximately nine months.

Once complete, the improvements will include:

  • Wider and less cluttered footways, reducing pedestrian congestion and raising the profile of commercial frontages.
  • New high-quality natural materials throughout the area, similar to those introduced on Bond Street and Savile Row.
  • A new pedestrian crossing in front of the New Burlington Gate development easing pedestrian movements across Cork Street.
  • Realigned raised table junctions at Clifford Street and Burlington Gardens, to create a safer environment for pedestrians and encourage lower vehicle speeds.
  • Better managed parking on raised surfaces.


Restrictions to parking and vehicle access

Some temporary road closures will be required.  Exact dates and diversion routes will be advertised closer to the time and distributed via email. Please email us to sign up for updates. Please note that from the end of September, a one way north bound system will be in place on Old Burlington Street.  Once construction is complete, the direction of traffic will return to normal.

Some local parking and loading suspensions will also be required. These will be kept to a minimum and clearly signed so. If you usually use the parking bays within Cork Street, please keep an eye out for suspension boards and then move your vehicle to help ensure the works can be completed as quickly as possible.

Temporary pedestrian access arrangements

When footway renewal works are taking place, some footways will be temporarily closed for safety reasons.  Alternative routes will be provided and clearly signed.

Pedestrian access to all businesses and buildings will be maintained at all times.


Works on site

Outline Programme

The works will take place in phases to keep disruption to a minimum, with occasional overlaps.

Phase 1: 13th August 2018 (approximately 1 week) Footway renewal works on Clifford Street, opposite Cork Street.

Phase 2: Mid-August 2018 (approximately 8 weeks) Footway renewal works on the eastern side of Cork Street. These works will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Phase 3*: Late September 2018 (approximately 3 weeks) Footway and carriageway works at the Cork Street Mews entrance.

Phase 4: Mid-October 2018 (approximately 2 weeks) Footway renewal works on the southwest footway of Cork Street near the junction with Burlington Gardens.

Phase 5*: End of October 2018 (approximately 2 weeks) A raised granite surface will be installed at the junction of Cork Street and Burlington Gardens. Drainage works will also be undertaken.

Phase 6*: January 2019 (approximately 7 weeks) Footway renewal and carriageway works along the western side of Cork Street. These works will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Phase 7: Late January 2019 (approximately 2 weeks) Footway renewal works will take place on Old Burlington Street, between numbers 25 and 31.

Phase 8*: Early February 2019 (approximately 2-3 weeks) Carriageway and resurfacing works at the Clifford Street / Cork Street junction. Drainage works will also take place.

Resurfacing*: March 2019 (approximately 1 week) Resurfacing works on Cork Street.

*This phase requires a temporary road closure.

Please note that exact dates may be subject to change.

Project Communications
For any queries, or to inform us of an upcoming event which may be affected by the construction programme, please contact our Communications team by emailing us at

The email address is frequently monitored by the project team, and queries will be dealt with as soon as possible.

If you'd like to sign up to our fortnightly updates please get in touch and we will add you to our mailing list.

Project Documents


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