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Influences on the West End’s Public Realm

The Seven Dials template of multi-coloured dressed setts and York Stone has now been copied throughout the West End and has become the standard template for the Covent Garden Area adopted by Westminster City Council in their ‘Westminster Way’ and used by Capco in King Street and TfL in Shaftesbury Avenue.

Our Street improvements have been a partnership — initially between the Trust, Camden and the Kleinwort Benson Property Fund and latterly with Shaftesbury PLC, the area's major freeholder. They have been based on the template set out in the Renaissance Study which is intended to ‘set high standards for street improvements’ (Camden Design Awards) where London has lagged behind many European cities.

‘The Seven Dials scheme has been of national importance in changing attitudes to and aspirations for the public realm. For well over a decade it has been used in presentations given throughout the UK to demonstrate what can be done to create a sense of place & to establish an environment where pedestrians and traffic can successfully and positively intermingle.’ — Robert Huxford, Director Urban Design Group.

Monmouth Street multi-coloured dressed setts are attractive and pedestrian-friendly, being flat.

Monmouth Street: multi-coloured dressed setts are attractive and pedestrian-friendly, being flat.

Detail of multi-coloured dressed setts.

Detail of multi-coloured dressed setts.

HRH Princess Anne admires the newly completed Monmouth Street.

HRH Princess Anne admires the newly completed Monmouth Street.

Aerial view of the multi-coloured dressed setts pioneered in Monmouth Street by the Trust, with Shaftesbury PLC and Camden.

Aerial view of the multi-coloured dressed setts pioneered in Monmouth Street by the Trust, with Shaftesbury PLC and Camden.

Multi-coloured dressed setts used by Camden in the improvement of the Great Queen Street junction with Drury Lane.

Multi-coloured dressed setts used by Camden in the improvement of the Great Queen Street junction with Drury Lane.

Camden's Transport Policy: Streets and Public Spaces 2011.

Camden's Transport Policy: Streets and Public Spaces 2011.

Westminster City Council's Action Areas in Covent Garden. Area 3 includes part of Seven Dials.

Westminster City Council's Action Areas in Covent Garden. Area 3 includes part of Seven Dials.

W.S. Atkins' proposal for Mercer Street South / Long Acre junction.

W.S. Atkins' proposal for Mercer Street South / Long Acre junction.

W.S. Atkins' visualisation of proposal for Mercer Street South.

W.S. Atkins' visualisation of proposal for Mercer Street South.

W.S. Atkins' Covent Garden Area 3 townscape analysis showing unusual cross-border (Camden and Westminster) adoption of carriage and footpath finishing and public lighting.

W.S. Atkins' Covent Garden Area 3 townscape analysis showing unusual cross-border (Camden and Westminster) adoption of carriage and footpath finishing and public lighting.

Westminster City Council's works, laying multi-coloured dressed setts in Mercer Street South.

Westminster City Council's works, laying multi-coloured dressed setts in Mercer Street South.

Cleaning the new setts in Mercer Street South.

Cleaning the new setts in Mercer Street South.

Shelton Street before the 2012-13 works.

Shelton Street before the 2012-13 works.

Mercer Street South (completed 2012) with Shelton Street in the foreground (completed 2013) - the borough boundary between Westminster and Camden.

Mercer Street South (completed 2012) with Shelton Street in the foreground (completed 2013) - the borough boundary between Westminster and Camden.

Westminster's works in progress on Shelton Street South in 2013.

Westminster's works in progress on Shelton Street South in 2013.

Westminster amended their public realm manual 'The Westminster Way' to include the use of multi-coloured dressed setts.

Westminster amended their public realm manual 'The Westminster Way' to include the use of multi-coloured dressed setts.

King Street, Covent Garden, 2011, before works.

King Street, Covent Garden, 2011, before works.

King Street works in progress, Westminster and freeholders Capco

King Street works in progress, undertaken by Westminster and funded by Capco who own much of the property in and around the Covent Garden Piazza.

King Street, Covent Garden, with multi-coloured dressed setts in place.

King Street, Covent Garden, with multi-coloured dressed setts in place.

Long Acre, part of Westminster's Covent Garden Area 3. Multi-coloured dressed setts used at raised junction tables.

Long Acre, part of Westminster's Covent Garden Area 3. Multi-coloured dressed setts used at raised junction tables.

St Martin's Courtyard, Upper St Martin's Lane. Shaftesbury PLC and The Mercers' Company used multi-coloured dressed setts in their joint development.

St Martin's Courtyard, Upper St Martin's Lane. Shaftesbury PLC and The Mercers' Company used multi-coloured dressed setts in their joint development.

Transport for London's use of multi-coloured dressed setts at the junction of Dean Street and Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho.

Transport for London's use of multi-coloured dressed setts at the junction of Dean Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Seymour Street, in Westminster.

Seymour Street, in Westminster.

Dull streets, City of London.Dull streets, Exhibition Row.
Old Quebec Street off Oxford Street.Lisle Street, China Town.

Dull streets: in the City of London; Exhibition Row, Kensington and Chelsea; Old Quebec Street, off Oxford Street; and Lisle Street, China Town.

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