Agenda item

Gateway 3 - West Smithfield Area Public Realm and Transportation Project

Report of the Director of the Built Environment

Minutes:

The Sub Committee considered a Gateway 3 report of the Director of the Built Environment on a project to provide new public spaces and improved environment in West Smithfield in line with the planned implementation of Culture Mile, the City Transportation Strategy, the opening of Crossrail stations in Farringdon and Farringdon East and the anticipated major increase number of visitors in the area. The Director of the Built Environment introduced the report and drew Members’ attention to the key points. The Sub Committee noted that the project would be funded from the On Street Parking Reserve (OSPR).

 

The Chairman commented that the proposals were part of a wider programme and represented a direction of travel, and that the next steps would be to engage with stakeholders. Several key risks had been identified and a detailed risk register was requested at the next stage of the project for the Sub Committee’s scrutiny. The Sub Committee noted that the project was not dependent on the Museum of London relocation project, as there were several factors driving the need to improve public realm in the area.

 

RESOLVED – That the Projects Sub Committee:

 

  1. Endorse the attached RIBA Stage 2 draft Concept Design and vision statement for the West Smithfield area;

 

  1. Agree to progress the Developed Design (to RIBA Stage 3) for Area 1, engagement and supporting work as set out in this report;

 

  1. Agree to further develop Options 1-3 presented in this report, associated with transport and public realm changes in Area 1, for Member decision on a preferred option at Gateway 4;

 

  1. Agree that the Museum of London S278 works be incorporated into the design and delivery of Area 1;

 

  1. Agree that additional budget of £565,014 is approved to reach the next Gateway;

 

  1. Agree that £134,986 underspent from the current budget allocation is carried forward to be used on this next stage of the project;

 

  1. Note that a report to initiate a developed design for Area 2 will be brought to Committee once greater certainty is available on uses and timing of the redevelopment of the Central Markets buildings;

 

  1. Note the revised project budget of £1,280,014 (excluding risk); and

 

  1. Note the total estimated cost of the project at £12m (excluding risk).

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