Fitzrovia building projects and architects short-listed in design awards

Two new buildings and one refurbishment in Fitzrovia have been short-listed for design awards, and one Fitzrovia-based architecture practice has five projects nominated. Conservation-led development. dMFK and Bureau De Change have transformed The Gaslight, an Art Deco building on Rathbone Street The New London Awards "celebrate the very best architecture, planning and development schemes making …

Oxford Street – from Perry’s Place to Wells Street

As reported previously, The Survey of London has published its latest volume, for the first time devoted to a single thoroughfare -- Oxford Street. The Survey, founded in 1894, is a research project to produce a comprehensive architectural survey of central London and its suburbs. In this second look at the publication, we focus on …

Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, August 2020

There were nine planning applications validated by Westminster Council in Fitzrovia West during August 2020. They were mostly minor applications, advertising consent, change of use, and submission of details required by previous applications. Display of one non-illuminated fascia sign measuring 0.35m x 2.54m and one non-illuminated projecting sign measuring 0.65m x 0.65m 61 Great Portland Street …

Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, August 2020

There were 24 planning applications registered by Camden Council in Bloomsbury ward during August 2020. They were mostly small applications, pavement licences (PVL) and one major planning application at 247 Tottenham Court Road. Application NumberSite AddressDevelopment DescriptionStatusDate RegisteredDecision2020/3934/PVLCaffe Nero 239-240 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7QP6 tables and 12 chairs, Monday to Sunday 08:00-21:00 New …

Get your cycle checked and security marked in the West End this September

This September cyclists can get their bike checked over and security marked at various locations in the West End including Fitzrovia. Cycling along New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia. Cyclists can a get free bike check in September. The New West End Company and Heart of London business Alliance are partnering with Cycle Confident and the …

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum will hold virtual public meeting to discuss planning and traffic

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum will hold a virtual annual general meeting this month to report on progress in developing a neighbourhood plan, and will feature a guest speaker who will talk about creating a low traffic neighbourhood. FitzWest want to reduce air pollution and make other environmental improvements. The public consultation on the draft …

Goodge Street Station to re-open with restricted hours

Goodge Street underground station will re-open with restricted hours after being closed since the spring due to the coronavirus. Goodge Street Station will be open from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. From Monday 31 August the station will open Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm only, says Transport for London. The station was …

Camden hands idverde the contract to create a new park at Alfred Place

Camden Council has awarded the contract to create a new public open space in Fitzrovia to its parks maintenance contractor idverde. How the new park at Alfred Place could look according to illustrations produced by LDA Design. The works to create the new park at Alfred Place will begin in September and be completed by …

Cleveland and Warren ‘streateries’ and ‘boozeries’ approved by Camden

Camden Council has approved plans for "streateries" and "boozeries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street to help the hospitality trade during Covid-19 restrictions. Plans for "boozeries" and "streateries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street. The move follows on from other schemes in Fitzrovia approved by Camden and Westminster councils, where on-street car parking is removed …

Architects declare it’s business-as-usual at Tottenham Court Road redevelopment site

Street view of building.

You would think that having declared a climate emergency and made a commitment to refurbish rather than demolish buildings, architects designing a building on Tottenham Court Road would be proposing a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly refit. Prudential UK Real Estate have applied for planning permission to redevelop 247 Tottenham Court Road. But not so. Because it is …

Camden gives the go-ahead for Fitzrovia ‘streateries’ but says reducing through motor traffic ‘will be especially complicated’

Camden council has given the go ahead in principle for on-street car parking spaces in some streets in Fitzrovia to be replaced with "cattle pens" to enable outdoor eating and drinking to support the neighbourhood's increasingly desperate restaurant, cafe and pub trade. Charlotte Street will have parking spaces converted for outside dining and boozing. Cyclists …

New legislation threatens to turn streets into ‘large outside bars’ say West End community groups

New legislation making its way through Parliament this week could turn streets into "large outside bars" if it is not amended says the organisation representing community groups in London's West End. The Business and Planning Bill is being rushed through Parliament. The Business and Planning Bill includes a range of measures to help businesses recover …

Bloomsbury conservation group revamps its website and warns of threat to the area’s ‘special character’

The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee (BCAAC) wants more people to visit its improved website to learn about the internationally renowned district but warns that heritage assets are facing "significant threats". BCAAC covers seven conservation areas in Central London. The website has been updated to include new information on the conservation areas (including Charlotte Street …

Westminster council Tories gave planning permission for extension on Jenrick home against officers’ recommendation

The Times reports that fellow Conservatives at Westminster council approved a home extension and overturned the planning department's recommendation to reject the plans. Robert Jenrick the secretary of state for housing who is currently embroiled in a row over a planning decision has some previous experience with planning matters, reports The Times newspaper. Conservative councillors …

The 200-year-old cosmopolitan and architectural allure of Oxford Street

Front of buildings on street.

The Survey of London has published its latest volume, for the first time devoted to a single thoroughfare -- Oxford Street. Survey of London, Oxford Street. Oxford Street in 2018. To the left, the former Lyons Oxford Corner House at Nos 14–24. Composite image. Survey of London, Oxford Street. Chris Redgrave. Historic England Archive. The …

Formal consultation opens on Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan

Map of Fitzrovia West.

A formal public consultation on the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan  opens today ahead of a public examination and a referendum on the planning document which will control land development in the area. "We encourage all residents and businesses based in the area to read the Plan and submit their comments to the Council by the …

Community group calls for low traffic neighbourhood

Map of low traffic neighbourhood.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has called on Camden and Westminster councils to consider making Fitzrovia a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN), in line with the Mayor of London’s Streetspace plans to help people with social distancing and enable walking and cycling. The FNA has asked for both the Camden side and Westminster side of Fitzrovia …

Field maple trees flourish on Goodge Street

Field maple trees on street.

Branches of field maple (Acer campestre) trees reach across Goodge Street to touch each other. They were planted by Camden Council when the pavements in Goodge Street were widened earlier this century. The Council had not intended to plant any trees as part of the Street improvements. Their existence is due to our then Cllr Penny …

Westminster council will be ‘more ambitious in its commitments to reduce air pollution’

Air Quality Action Plan front cover.

While often (sometimes unfairly) seen as the rotten borough with regard to taking action to clean up its air, Westminster Council has now decided to "be more ambitious in its commitments to reduce air pollution". Fitzrovia News understand that reports put before the council's cabinet on Monday 11 May have been approved, paving the way …