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Concept sketch for Strand-Aldwych by LDA Design 2018

Strand Aldwych consultation commencing on 30th January

Public Realm


January 29, 2019

A message on behalf of Cllr Richard Beddoe, Cabinet Member for Place Shaping and Planning, Westminster City Council.

Go to the dedicated Strand-Aldwych website.

As someone with a key interest in the success of the Strand Aldwych area I am writing to update you that a public consultation will open tomorrow, 30th January, on plans to transform it into a world-class cultural and learning quarter.

As an iconic gateway to the West End and theatreland, the area is home to an extraordinary number of cultural, educational, creative institutions and many flourishing businesses and major attractions with established residential neighbourhoods nearby. However, the area also suffers from significant challenges – poor public spaces and safety, traffic congestion and air quality issues – which means those who live, work or visit get a poor experience.

The current design concepts, that are the subject of this consultation, have been developed with local organisations and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved and remains engaged in this work, particularly the project board. We now want everyone to share their views to directly influence the next stage of detailed design work and this consultation is just one stage in an ongoing dialogue with everyone who has an interest in the area, so we can develop the best scheme as we continue to move forward in a spirit of collaboration.

We will be using a range of communications channels to promote the consultation, including the media, our social channels (#StrandAldwych), new e-newsletter, direct mail, leafletting and other council publications with our communications activity commencing on 30th January. We would be grateful if your organisation could help to promote the consultation so please feel free to cascade the relevant information through your organisations and across your networks.

The consultation will run for six weeks from 30th January and close on 13th March. The project team will then analyse all the feedback and use this to help develop more detailed designs. They will be subject to further consultation in late 2019 and it is important to remember that nothing is set in stone at this stage.


There are several ways you can give your feedback:


For your information, here is our schedule of public events to which all are welcome:

  • Thursday 7 February, 12-2pm, at London School of Economics on 2 Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AD
  • Saturday 9 February, 11-3pm, at St Mary le Strand Church, Strand, London WC2R 1ES
  • Tuesday 12 February, 12-2pm, at King’s College London, 171 Strand, London WC2R 1EP
  • Monday 18 February, 4-8pm, at London School of Economics, 2 Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AD
  • Tuesday 26 February, 4-8pm, at King’s College London, 171 Strand, London WC2R 1EP
  • Thursday 7 March, 12-3pm, at St Mary le Strand Church, Strand, London WC2R 1ES


The proposals will also be on display at 171 Strand for the duration of the consultation. If you have any queries, please email strandaldwych@westminster.gov.uk   We look forward to hearing your ideas as to how we can improve the Strand Aldwych area together.


The Northbank BID’s publci realm work, including the Vision for Aldwych (2016) can be found here.