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Middlesex Street area public realm enhancement works

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.

Contact if you have any questions about the enhancements.

Latest project updates

Phase 3 Artizan Street

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.

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)

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 contact the project manager, Leila Ben-Hassel,

Please read the information in the section below for an overview of the enhancement scheme and the works involved.

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

This projects aims 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

After undertaking a number of consultations and research reports about the market over the last few years, we are now in a position to move forward with this work.

This project is being undertaken by the City of London Corporation in partnership with Tower Hamlets.

Phase 3: Artizan Street

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

​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 will 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.