Soho Photography Quarter

Proposals for The Soho Photography Quarter project will deliver a more attractive, accessible and pedestrian-friendly public space and will improve the area’s cultural offering.

Each ‘gateway’ to Oxford Street has its own unique character and heritage, and improving the various gateways is an important part of the rejuvenation of the District. Proposals for The Soho Photography Quarter project will deliver a more attractive, accessible and pedestrian-friendly public space and will improve the area’s cultural offering.

The area, which sits to the South East of Oxford Circus, and consists of Ramillies Street, Ramillies Place, Hills Place is currently used as a cut-through for pedestrians and vehicles, and suffers from poor lighting and antisocial behaviour.

Our proposals for the area, which will be known as The Soho Photographer Quarter, have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders located on Ramillies Street.

Ramillies Place
Credit: Andreas Lechthaler Architecture | Artworks © Gideon Mendel and Shirley Baker Estate
Ramillies Street at night
Credit: Andreas Lechthaler Architecture | Artworks © Gideon Mendel and Shirley Baker Estate

The concept

A cultural hotspot

Westminster City Council have been working in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery on the scheme to develop plans for this new cultural destination. The proposals include:

• light projections and street banners (subject to planning approval) that will line the streets and introduce a sense of vibrancy to this area, reinforcing it as a ‘gateway to Soho’
• a contemporary art frieze, curated by The Photographers’ Gallery will also showcase the area as a new cultural destination, through the medium of photography

Improving public spaces

New seating, greenery and a regular public arts programme will encourage people to enjoy this area and its unique character. Together with the new cultural offer, a more peaceful and relaxing place will be created for people to take time away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.

With the introduction of a modern lighting scheme, the area will feel safer, encouraging more people to pass through, or simply enjoy the atmosphere, artistic animation and sounds of the district to experience it fully.

The area will also be made more accessible, with improved infrastructure for people with reduced mobility.

Construction works

The Soho Photography Quarter construction works will start on 22nd March 2021 with completion expected by Spring 2022.

During the works, pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained, we will also be working with local businesses to support servicing throughout the construction period.

Ramillies Street
Credit: Andreas Lechthaler Architecture | Artworks © Shirley Baker Estate

Location

The project area includes:
• Ramillies Street
• Ramillies Place
• Hills Place
• A short stretch of Great Marlborough Street.

Map of project area

For further information about the works, you can contact our Stakeholder Engagement team by email: stakeholderteam@murphycareyjv.co.uk