Manchester Square

Proposals for Manchester Square project will deliver a new public space that enhances the wellbeing of local users and visitors.

We are working in partnership with The Portman Estate and the Baker Street Quarter Partnership on engaging with stakeholders on proposals to improve Manchester Square in Marylebone, as part of the Council’s ambitions for the wider Oxford Street District.

Overall axonometric view
Credit: DSDHA Architects
View of central space from The Wallace Collection
Credit: DSDHA Architects

Our Vision

The vision for Manchester Square is to create a new public space for everyone to enjoy as well as an enhanced environment for pedestrians and cyclists. While very much a project for Marylebone, this project sits within a range of improvements to the wider Oxford Street District.

The Manchester Square project will focus on the north side of the square, between the garden square and The Wallace Collection, where a new public space will be created which will also enhance the setting of one of the West End’s much-loved cultural institutions.

View from eastern approach
Credit: DSDHA Architects

The benefits of the proposed 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 the 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, with no impact for cyclists heading westbound as they continue to follow the one-way traffic flow around the south of the square

Central space in axonometric view
Credit: DSDHA Architects

Proposed Design

A proposed design for Manchester Square is shown below.

Proposed design for Manchester Square
Credit: DSDHA Architects

A brochure has been created to provide further information on proposals for Manchester Square. To view the brochure, click here.

The project’s frequently asked questions can be viewed here.

The team will be attending some in person events, including the Food Market at 55 Baker Street on 25 November 12:00 – 15:00 and Marylebone Winter Garden, Portman Square on Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 December.

We welcome your feedback on the proposed improvements as well as any questions you may have via by 3 December 2021.