A brief comment has been released on part of the redevelopment proposals for the land which will be cleared as a result of the Crossrail developments at Tottenham Court Road tube station. As the buildings on the corner will be completely demolished, an opportunity exists to not just redevelop the site, but hopefully also widen pedestrian access down what has been a ridiculously narrow pavement.
The site is currently made up of two blocks of buildings separated by a rather dank road. Under the initial proposals – and these are just indicative ideas – it seems that the replacement buildings will be set further back from the main road, and hence widening the pavement.
The more interesting aspect though is the currently narrow side street will be opened up and a wide pedestrian avenue will be created leading towards Soho Square and creating a plaza around St Patrick’s Church.
The developers are Derwent London, and the graphic was released in the presentation to investors for their financial results.
Although it is just an initial proposal, I quite like the changes – especially the opening up of the side street leading down towards Soho Square.