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Photo of the Middlesex Street Area

The Middlesex Street area enhancements aim to improve the pedestrian experience and to provide further public space for people to enjoy.

The proposals place a strong emphasis on retaining the functionality of the area, enhancing the operation of the public amenities, street markets and local businesses.

Phase 1: Middlesex Street western end and Widegate Street

  • Montage of the new design for Widegate Street
    A montage showing the proposal for Middlesex Street

The works have been completed, and the scheme will be monitored by the project team over a period of 12 months.

​Phase 1 seeks to achieve a high quality pedestrian environment, improve accessibility and safety by creating more usable footway space while respecting the character of the conservation area.

Phase 2: Middlesex Street and Petticoat Lane Market Improvements

In this phase of the project we aim to make improvements to the operations to Petticoat Lane Market, including:

  • Operation of the market (e.g. type of stall rig, trader parking, hours)
  • Facilities for the market and its customers (e.g. electricity for street food, lighting for events, seating)
  • Public Realm works along the street

Over the last few months our team undertook engagement sessions and surveys from local residents, businesses and market traders. Thank you to everyone who has taken part – they have really given the team a good understanding of the changes that are needed.

Our consultants are now working on developing designs for both, the public realm and a new brand for Petticoat Lane Market.

This project is being undertaken by the City of London Corporation in partnership with Tower Hamlets and you can find more information on the Middlesex Street and Petticoat Lane Market page.

We will keep you updated on the work and future engagement.

Phase 3: Artizan Street

  • Montage of the new design for Artizan Street
    Montage of the design for Artizan Street

Latest project updates

The enhancement works have started and the scheme is expected to be constructed in phases over the course of 6 months, although this is subject to change should any unanticipated issues arise. Please see the phasing plan (209KB) for more information on the phasing of works.

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​Phase 3 aims to improve the area outside Petticoat Tower and the Artizan Street Library by creating a pleasant and usable space, enhancing lighting and introducing greenery whilst ensuring that safety and easy access to the library and tower are maintained.

Stage A: ramp removal The ramps have been successfully removed. A small section of ramp remains in place to support the highway on Artizan Street.

Stage B: landscaping The detailed design of the new public space outside the library has been approved. The design seeks to make best use of the space for the benefit of residents and other users. As well as this, it addresses the treatment of the section of redundant ramp (a part of the ramp remains in place for structural reasons), and the new Petticoat Tower entrance canopy, which is also in scope.

The works involve repaving Artizan Street in natural stone paving, the installation of new CorTen planters, new lighting, new drainage, pedestrianisation of the short section of redundant road outside the Post Office, and a new raised carriageway into the estate's ground floor car park.

Working hours

The City of London Corporation is making every effort to ensure construction work will progress as safely as possible, in order to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses. The works will be timed as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am-4pm, with restrictions on noisy working from 8am-9am, and from 12noon-2pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm (information on weekend working will be provided via the fortnightly newsletter)

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the day-to-day construction management or have any particular access requirements, please contact the Corporation's term contractor JB Riney:

Public Liaison Officer, JB Riney
Chris Jackman
07720 092 479

For project related queries, please email