The first phase of the Oxford Street District Framework included a temporary scheme on Oxford Street itself, with the aim of showcasing additional greening, improved biodiversity and creative street features.
The temporary interventions are an initial step towards reimagining and revitalising the nation’s high street for new patterns of use, by providing new bespoke modular seating, planting and playful gobo lighting projections. The interventions have provided pockets of space for rest on the busy high street along with a refreshed street environment.
Increased footway space on Oxford Street has also been achieved that enables safer, distanced access to the district.
The temporary changes make Oxford Street more exciting and attractive to visitors and residents, increasing dwell time and creating a more vibrant experience.
The improvements are planned to include:
- footway enhancements: extended pedestrian space and footways
- ‘street dressing’: a significant increase in plants and green areas to enhance the streetscape, contemporary seating, particularly in ‘pocket’ spaces along the street, colourful, themed banners which will be designed to create a sense of place and aesthetic continuity
- concept lighting
Westminster City Council will garner feedback from stakeholders during this period, to collectively assess which changes should be considered as part of the longer-term plans for the district.
This is an opportunity to test and pilot ideas that are both high impact and generate enthusiasm for the district’s reinvention in the future.