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Hanover Square Gardens, one of the West End’s most significant civic spaces reimagined

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A gated entrance to Hanover Square with clean new landscaping in the background

Image credit: Publica

Published: 16 September 2021

The gardens on Hanover Square have reopened to the public following an extensive redesign, which sees its original 300-year-old vista recovered to create a green oasis in the heart of London’s West End. The gardens are part of a wider transformation of Hanover Square, which heralds a new approach to the district’s historic townscape, its integration with new transport infrastructure and the restoration of a beautiful amenity space.

The project has been delivered by Westminster City Council to concept designs for the public realm by urban design consultant Publica and for the garden, by landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan. The designs were developed by engineers and landscape architects WSP and delivered by FM Conway. Westminster City Council is the main funder for the project.

Commissioned by the council in 2016, the garden redesign is the first of a series of public realm improvements for the Square. Together, these improvements will transform the area and bring a revitalised setting for buildings, businesses, monuments and new public art, supporting the promotion of the wider West End as a retail environment, place to do business and area to visit. The remainder of the project will be unveiled once the new Elizabeth Line has been completed.

Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business, Licensing and Planning said:

I’m pleased to see the redesigned and improved Hanover Square Gardens reopening to the public. We hope that residents, workers and visitors will enjoy this green gem in the heart of the West End, just metres away from the traditional hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. This is a great example of partnership working that is delivering a needed boost to London’s recovery, ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line, while simultaneously benefitting all who use and cherish this much loved and historic space with a beautiful and sustainable restoration.

Lucy Musgrave, Founding Director at Publica said:

We are thrilled to have been able to work on such an incredibly important project for London’s West End. The transformation of Hanover Square demonstrates how private and public sector bodies can come together to provide a step change in the quality of public realm provisions in the area, and forms part of a greater effort to ensure the city’s historic places remain relevant, attractive and useful.