Oxford Circus crossing highly commended in Landscape Institute awards

The innovative Oxford Circus diagonal crossing was recognised last night in the 2010 Landscape Institute awards.

19 November 2010

The diagonal crossing, which was £5 million and six months in the making, was highly commended in the urban design and masterplanning category.

David Shaw, head of Regent Street portfolio at The Crown Estate said: "We are extremely proud of the Oxford Circus design which has delivered dramatic improvements for shoppers, workers and residents on Regent Street, changes which will benefit millions for years to come.

Jo Watkins, president of the Landscape Institute, said: "These awards capture the zeitgeist. In times of recession there is a need to be innovative and resourceful. Faced with a challenging economy and increasing social and environmental pressures, the benefits of careful intervention in the landscape become even more relevant and frugal innovation moves up the agenda."

Oxford Circus, the gateway to Regent Street, London's premier shopping destination, had its barriers and street clutter removed and remodelled, giving the 200 million shoppers and workers who visit every year more freedom to move. The new design has increased the amount of pavement space by almost 70 per cent more than the previous capacity.

The crossing, jointly funded by The Crown Estate and Transport for London, builds on The Crown Estate's £750 million Regent Street regeneration programme and also forms part of wider £40m plans led by Westminster City Council to renew the West End ahead of 2012.

Officially opened in November 2009 the crossing has already been acknowledged by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation who awarded the project the 2010 award for urban design.