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The City of London Corporation has developed a series of strategies for improving streets and public spaces in the Square Mile. These strategies are based on the needs for future sustainable growth. They have been proposed following consultation with local residents and City workers and reflect the City and Mayor of London planning and transportation policies.

The City Cluster Vision

​The City Cluster is an expanding part of the City with an increasing working population and a growing number of visitors. The streets and spaces must respond to these changes in order to maintain the area’s attractiveness as a world-class business destination and increasingly as a hub for culture and leisure.

This Vision is focused on what happens between the buildings and how we can make the public spaces more attractive, safe and welcoming. The desire is to create outstanding public spaces, which in combination with a dynamic range of curated events, will become destinations in their own right.

The strategy

Area Enhancement Strategies documents

For each area of the City we have developed a strategy available to download in PDF format. For more information email the Public Realm Team.

Culture Mile

Culture Mile Look and Feel

Culture Mile is an initiative, which aims to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile. It is led by a partnership of the City of London Corporation, the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London.

The 'Look and Feel' public realm strategy, developed with Fluid, aims to improve way-finding, signage and public spaces across the Culture Mile to provide a fitting welcome and enhanced environment for visitors to the cultural institutions in the area and animate the public realm, so it becomes destination itself. The strategy sets out aspirations for the transformation of this area into a major cultural and creative destination.

We identified four themes for environmental enhancements and other projects to improve the area:

  • Form a Culture Spine by creating a linear public space stretching from Farringdon Road in the west to Moorgate in the east
  • Take the Inside Out and bring the activity of cultural institutions to the streets, engaging visitors, workers and residents
  • Discover and Explore by reinforcing the area's varying social, cultural and architectural history
  • Be Recognisable, Be Different as a place where the spaces between buildings are animated with public art; and where cultural activity is produced as well as consumed

The Culture Mile Look and Feel strategy (5MB)

The Culture Mile Look and Feel consultation report (4.5MB)

Culture Mile Public Realm Identity Guidelines

The Culture Mile Public Realm Identity Guidelines, developed with Growth Industry and Wolfstrome Design, delivers guidance and principles for the expression of the Culture Mile brand in the public realm. The report sets out principles for animating and announcing the area to visitors, identifies a colour palette, materials and locations for expressing the brand for maximum impact. Future projects in Culture Mile will all refer to these guidelines.

Email the Public Realm Team for further information and to request the strategy document.

Barbican and Golden Lane

An updated strategy was approved in December 2015 and provides a framework for physical improvements to the streets and spaces within the Barbican and Golden Lane area in response to changes anticipated as a result of planned development, Crossrail services at Moorgate and Farringdon and the Cultural Hub.

The updated strategy sets out the key findings about the area, a vision for a Cultural Hub, and a series of overarching objectives for the district, leading to potential projects.

Barbican consultation July 2015 final report (1MB)

Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy (15MB)

Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy Evidence Base (30MB)

West Smithfield

The study looked at the connectivity, history and character of the area and proposed local transport improvements generated by Crossrail and a number of new developments. The report provides a clear guiding principles for public realm improvements in the area.

City Lighting

​The City of London's first lighting strategy, developed with lighting designer Speirs and Major, aims to deliver a holistic, creative and smart approach to balance light and darkness, which will better define urban spaces in the Square Mile.

The objective is to provide the City with the lighting it needs and improve the quality of life for its workers and residents, by avoiding unnecessary light pollution, over-lighting, excessive glare and inconsistencies in lighting design.

City Lighting Strategy: introduction, analysis and vision (10MB)

City Lighting Strategy: main document (6.9MB)

City Lighting Strategy: appendices (3.4MB)

Aldgate and Tower

​The Aldgate and Tower Area Strategy provides a framework for transport and environmental improvements within the area, guiding the long term changes as sites are re-developed, whilst providing the context for short or medium term actions aimed at improving the streets and spaces. The principal aims and objectives of the proposals are:

  • To achieve transformational change by removing barriers to movement and creating a vibrant and attractive environment that supports regeneration and increases in users in the area.
  • To introduce more green elements such as street trees and new public spaces including: a new public space of significance between Sir John Cass Primary School and St Botolph without Aldgate Church; a new green space at America Square; and a new green space at The Crescent.
  • To improve the quality and consistency of surface materials and street furniture to create an enhanced street scene.
  • To encourage biodiversity within the area.


The Bank Area Enhancement Strategy sets out the City’s vision for road danger reduction, transportation and public realm improvements in the Bank area. There are four key strategy objectives:

  • Reduce conflict and improve Road Safety for all modes of transport
  • Improve the function of Bank Junction for all modes of transport
  • Accommodate future growth, ensuring that the area functions well and provides a suitable environment that contributes towards maintaining the City’s status as the world’s leading international financial and business centre
  • Improve the pedestrian environment, create more space for pedestrians and ensure that the streets and spaces are inclusive and accessible to all

Bank Area Strategy Exec Summary and Context (3MB)
Bank Area Strategy Analysis of the priority areas 1 (4MB)
Bank Area Strategy Vision for the Bank area 1 (4MB)
Bank Area Strategy Vision for the Bank area 2 (5MB)
Bank Area Strategy Delivery Plan (2MB)

Chancery Lane

The main objective of the Chancery Lane Area Enhancement Scheme was to create a high-quality street environment that made the area more pleasant and easy to use for workers, residents and visitors to the area. Cycling and walking were made more convenient as public highways and open spaces were better connected and easier to use through a series of street enhancements. These improvements built on the unique character of the Chancery Lane area as the City’s legal quarter, emphasising its rich architectural and cultural heritage, encouraging its growing retail and leisure facilities.

Cheapside and Guildhall

The Cheapside and Guildhall Area Enhancement Strategy analyses the public realm and transportation network within these areas. The strategy identifies current issues, considers future demand and sets out a framework for addressing these within the context of existing policies and guidance.

The key objectives for the Cheapside and Guildhall Area Enhancement Strategy are:

  • ​To enhance the pedestrian experience and create walking routes that are comfortable, accessible and easy to navigate
  • To improve road safety and the function of the street environment for all users, mitigating conflict and balancing demand between the different modes of transport
  • To better connect transport nodes and attractions such as St Paul's Cathedral, the Museum of London, Guildhall and the Barbican Centre and support the aims of the emerging cultural hub in the City while further developing Cheapside’s retail environment
  • To enhance the local environment and improve air quality by creating new green spaces and tree planting and supporting the objectives of the City's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and pollution reduction initiatives.

The projects listed in the Strategy will be initiated as funds become available.

Fenchurch and Monument

The Fenchurch and Monument Area Enhancement Strategy sets out the vision for public realm and transportation improvements in the area over the next 5-10 years. The eastern part of the City has the highest density of business activity and will see major increases in the numbers of people either working in or commuting to the area and there is therefore a clear need to co-ordinate an enhanced and sustainable public realm.

Fenchurch and Monument Area Strategy Part 1 (2MB)
Fenchurch and Monument Area Strategy Part 2 (3MB)
Fenchurch and Monument Area Strategy Part 3 (3MB)

Fleet Street Courts and Lanes

An intricate network of courts, lanes and alleys weaves through the heart of the Fleet Street Conservation Area. Some are well-trodden routes and others are hidden spaces, forgotten by the passage of time.

This strategy seeks to re-capture the appeal of these historic routes and spaces by using traditional materials combined with subtle design interventions.

The aim is to create a more attractive and better functioning environment for this unique corner of the City.

Riverside Walk

​The Riverside Walk Enhancement Strategy identifies current issues and pressures for change and sets out a framework for addressing them within the context of existing policies and guidance, based on clear evidence of need and the requirements for sustainable growth.

The Riverside Walk Enhancement Strategy addresses the challenges specific to this area. The key objectives are:

  • The establishment of a fully accessible walkway which provides a direct route along the riverside with enhanced connections to the rest of the City,
  • The creation of new and the redesign of existing green spaces for people to stop and enjoy the Thames, as well as to encourage the biodiversity, enhance the cultural heritage of the City riverside, and mitigate flood risk, and
  • The improvement of the cohesion and vibrancy of the riverside by encouraging new developments to provide a spacious, accessible and better connected Riverside Walk with appropriate active frontages.

The projects listed in the Strategy will be implemented as funds becomes available.​