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Consultancy for major development in Victoria, London

Land Securities

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Transport planning, planning consent, major development

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Land Securities has amassed a substantial property portfolio at Victoria, within the City of Westminster. The organisation is undertaking a significant amount of redevelopment in the area, including Victoria Circle, 62 Buckingham Gate, Wellington House, Kingsgate House and the refurbishment of 123 Victoria Street.

Victoria Circle has a considerable planning history, including previous proposals to permanently close the existing bus station and provide an underground bus station and a later scheme to re-distribute bus services onto the surrounding streets, all as part of extensive commercial development proposals at one of the busiest public transport interchanges in the UK.

Victoria Circle received planning consent in 2009, and a successful Minor Materials Amendment application was submitted in 2012.

Our Role

Steer Davies Gleave has been Land Securities transport advisors for all of the schemes mentioned above, and has been involved in Victoria Circle (and its predecessor schemes) since 2005. We have helped to ensure Land Securities secured planning consents with minimal transport related issues, in this hugely sensitive area, where congestion is commonplace.

We developed a significant suite of traffic models (using VISSIM) which demonstrated to the City of Westminster, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority that the interchange proposals were a viable way to increasing capacity, whilst providing for significant development and public realm improvements.

How we did it?

Options for an alternative way of accommodating the growing number of buses which either pass through, or terminate at Victoria were developed hand in hand with Transport for London, following high level strategic buy-in to the proposals from Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority. Establishing a mutually acceptable way of providing valuable increase in bus capacity was key in delivering real and acknowledged transport benefits from the Victoria Circle development proposals.

Continual liaison with Transport for London and City of Westminster Officers enabled us to develop an effective and productive working relationship.

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