top of page
Parliament Square
Architect: Hawkins Brown

Client: Transport for London

Project completion: 2008


The principal aim of the project was to devise a public realm improvement scheme that would partially pedestrianise the square, improving accessibility and the visitor experience, while enhancing the area’s identity, its historic character and its national and international significance.


The Access Audits undertaken by David Bonnett Associates indicated that the Parliament Square Improvement Project could prioritise convenience, comfort and safety of all users by applying the recently developed principles of inclusive design. The design should be inclusive and avoid special features that separate disabled people from mainstream routes. 

Many of the access problems identified by the audits were resolved by the project, though some will need further examination if the design progresses. These include the introduction of a quiet area as a refuge from the surrounding traffic noise.  Also the location of strategic crossings to maximise pedestrian flows while minimising the circulation of vehicular traffic.


The proposals for Parliament Square, currently in abeyance, represent an unrivalled opportunity for establishing new benchmark standards for accessibility that will be replicated elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

Download Case Study
Anchor 1
Parliament Square
Image by  Paul Farmer
Parliament Square
Image by  Ralf Roletschek
More Projects:
Talk about a project?

Get in contact

If you would like to work with us, please fill in the fee proposal enquiry below. If you would like to discuss the project in advance just send an email or phone. We turn around fee enquiries quickly, especially when provided with full details of the brief.

Olympic Athletes Village
Image by  EG Focus
East Village, Stratford London
The Team
bottom of page