The ambition of the Strand Aldwych project is to transform this location from a polluted, traffic dominated gyratory to a pedestrian-focused destination with strong links to the surrounding districts. The new public realm will balance the needs of the every day for the local community with a world-class scheme.
The vision is for the area to become a global creative and cultural quarter which will be an international beacon for creativity, enterprise and learning.
The concept designs for Strand Aldwych went to public consultation in January 2019. The Council, working with local organisations, developed proposals to address existing challenges and create a world-class destination; backed by £28m of council investment to deliver this exciting vision.
The project objectives are:
- Encourage exemplary collaboration within and between a cluster of world-class cultural and educational institutions, SMEs and students enabling high-end research, innovation and a public showcase
- Nurture and promote skills, entrepreneurship and economic growth in the knowledge and creative sectors
- Reduce congestion, improve air quality and journey times, with associated positive impacts on health and associated economic benefits
- Create an inspirational, safe and secure destination that offers a meeting place for workers students, visitors and residents.
Find out more on the Strand Aldwych website here and for a full list of dates, works are set to commence see here.
The Northbank BID run and funded the selection of 4 artists. Arts were asked to develop a place-specifc concept around one of the three main themes:
- Theme 1: Materiality and structures
- Theme 2: Sound, light and technology
- Theme 3: Play, engagement and interaction
The artists developed their proposals alongside the project team through RIBA stage 3 integrating their concepts within the emerging landscape design.
- Emma Smith is developing a cross-site piece that marks past and present human activity and stories at Strand-Aldwych
- Nick Ryan is exploring the creation of a sound piece inspired by the birth of radio at the Strand.
- Something and Son have proposed a new destination in London for listening, learning, and exchanging knowledge.
- Matthew Rosier’s proposal looks to celebrate the people of Strand Aldwych through light and projection.
Updates over the last fortnight
Strand/Waterloo Bridge (Junction 1):
- Laurel Banks paving was completed in front of Strand Bridge House and Coffee and Co. towards Greggs.
- Excavations and paving were substantially completed up to the Lancaster Place Junction, outside Crown Café Bar.
- The team installed the new, extended kerb lines here. The plant beds lining was installed and soil was added. Paving is ongoing.
St Clement Danes Church and No.180 Strand:
- On the forecourt, the planting was completed and the fencing was substantially removed. Works have continued directly outside the Church access with the last section of paving scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks.
- The block paving for the vehicle entrance was substantially completed.
- Excavation of the existing footway (building side) began outside No.180 Strand on 11th April. The team is working from Arundel Street towards Surrey Street.
‘Strand Meanwhile’ pedestrianised area:
- Installation of the black granite edging for the new planters continues outside King’s College London (between the disused “Strand” tube station entrance towards the King’s College London vehicle entrance and Somerset House).
- Excavations for the landscaping works to the southern façade of the ME Hotel (between Strand and Montreal Place) have been completed. The existing cycle racks were removed and the new kerb line installation and paving are completed.
- Works in the area of the Montreal Place vehicle entry are planned in two phases to allow access to the Indian High Commission car park and to the ME Hotel car park. The first phase included excavation works, new kerb installation and necessary connections on half of the space, which have been completed. The team started on the second phase.
- The area south of the ME Hotel is being cleared in preparation for excavation works to install the biggest of the planters, which we call the ‘Spectators Edge’.
Arundel and Surrey Street (Arundel Court Scheme): On Surrey Street, on the eastern footway is now completed.
During the Works closure from 1900 Thursday 19th August through to the afternoon of Sunday 22nd August, the Strand and Aldwych will become a sterile works area from which traffic will be excluded.
However, the impact of the works extends to a wider traffic exclusion area and will affect the following roads:
- The Aldwych will be totally closed to through traffic from the Strand around to Arundel Street
- The Strand will be closed to through traffic between Lancaster Place and Fleet Street / Chancery Lane
- Surrey Street will be closed to through traffic Arundel Street will be closed to through traffic from Temple Place – access facilitated to Tweezers Alley and Milford Lane
- Southampton Row, southbound, will be closed from Theobald’s Road Kingsway, southbound, will be closed to through traffic from High Holborn – access permitted for Remnant Street / Great Queen Street, Sardinia Street / Portugal Street
- Fleet Street will be closed to through traffic west of Fetter Lane – access permitted to Chancery Lane closure point
- Fleet Street will be closed to traffic at Chancery Lane – access permitted for Essex Street, Clement’s Lane and the Royal Courts of Justice
Transport for London has redirected the bus routes that previously went through the Strand. Please see the updated bus timetables below.
How work is progressing