Places projects Green Spine

Introducing the Green Spine

The Green Spine will be a new park and pedestrian-friendly route through the Church Street area. It will link Lisson Gardens, Broadley Gardens, Church Street and the new Luton Street development.

Works began on Monday 11 January 2021 and will continue for approximately 18 months.

We are now working with architects on Phase 2 of the Green Spine. We would like to hear your thoughts on what route the Green Spine should take, what should be included and how it should work.

We are inviting members of the community to the following engagement events before progressing with the designs:

  • Date and time: Thursday 23rd September, 10am – 3pm
    Location: Regeneration market stall on the Church Street Triangle
  • Date and time: Wednesday 29th September, 6:30am – 7:30pm
    Location: Register your interest for our online event by emailing churchstreet@westminster.gov.uk

For further information on our upcoming events, please read our Green Spine engagement poster.

Find out more about the Green Spine

We have created a leaflet which describes the project and how people living or working close by will be affected. We will stay in touch regularly throughout the construction, please also use the contact details on the back of the leaflet to get in touch with any questions.

Sign up to receive email updates

To receive the most up to date information about the scheme, please sign up to our mailing list - http://eepurl.com/hlX7Uj, alternatively you can email ‘sign me up’ to GreenSpine@wsp.com.

Public Liaison Officer – Bob Burton

Bob Burton will be the Public Liaison Officer for this project (FM Conway). Bob will usually be on site; however, this is subject to the government guidance concerning coronavirus.

If you wish to speak to Bob, in the first instance please email GreenSpine@wsp.com with a contact telephone number and he will call you back.

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Benefits of the Green Spine

The Green Spine will create more green space and park space in a dense urban area and will improve the amount of open space in the area. The area has been carefully designed to increase safety, with improved lighting and the removal of dark and tucked away corners.

The Green Spine will be a lovely place to walk and future phases should see the route extended. The park will connect to a new cycle route away from the main roads. Salisbury Street will become a quieter road, so vehicles can still access the area on a safer and calmer road. Almost all of the parking spaces moved to make way for the new open space, will be re-provided close by. Approximately 50 new trees will aid air quality, and planting has been selected to increase biodiversity.

Open spaces will mean people of all ages can safely meet and mingle and there will be lots of opportunity for activity: 

  • Play areas for toddlers and older children in the park
  • ‘Play on the way’ playthings along the length of Salisbury Street
  • Free outdoor gym equipment along the Green Spine
  • An informal kick-about space in the park
  • Quieter spaces in the park to enjoy the environment

Phasing Plan

The project will be completed in phases. The phasing plan below shows the current programme of works. There will be some changes to the roads, shown below:

GS Phasing Plan 26 July 2021

Traffic Flow Changes

Some of the local roads will permanently change directions as shown in the plan below.

Pedestrian access to all businesses and buildings will be maintained at all times. It is possible that the works dates may slip for operational reasons such as poor weather, should there be a need to postpone the works we shall inform you at the earliest opportunity.

GS Traffic Flow Plan

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Document Archive

Please find the documents we have shared below:

Parking Changes Map Commentary

  • As part of the Green Spine, some on-street parking for residents and visitors has been removed from Lisson Street and Salisbury Street to transform the highway into new public parks, and create wider pavements for greening along Salisbury Street
  • The vast majority of removed parking has been re-distributed to the wider area, with overall one space loss of resident parking
  • Salisbury Street has been narrowed to traffic and has become one-way southbound
  • The one-way on Salisbury Street is necessary because of pavement widening but also should make the streets quieter for pedestrians
  • Some other streets in the area have become one-way to facilitate traffic flows through the area
  • On Saturdays, Church Street Market access to Salisbury Street is via Gateforth Street and Samford Street

Communications Archive

Please find the communications we have sent to date below:

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will the works begin?
Works began on Monday 11 January 2021 for 18 months, and will take place in phases to keep disruption to a minimum.

Which roads will be affected by the project?
The traffic management plan below shows the roads that will be affected, further updates will be shared on this website.

What will be the standard working days and hours?
Standard working hours are 08:00am to 16:30pm Monday to Friday, 08:00am to 13:00pm on Saturday. Noise will be minimised where possible. Occasionally out of hours and Sunday working may be required. However, this is only in exceptional circumstances.

Westminster City Council’s Service Provider, FM Conway, will also follow working practices that are safe and efficient and in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

Will there be any footway closures?
There may be footway diversions, but pedestrian access to all businesses and buildings will always be maintained.

How will the scheme impact on car parking?
Some parking spaces will be suspended during the construction works. More details can be found in the leaflet, and we will post regular updates regarding impacts on our website. You can also sign up for updates via this link http://eepurl.com/hlX7Uj.

How will the scheme impact on vehicle access - Will there be any road closures?
There will be road closures in phases, we will update residents and businesses via email and by using street signage.

How will the scheme impact emergency vehicle access?
We work closely with the emergency services to ensure they are not affected. Pedestrian access to all properties will always be maintained.

How will this scheme affect my property?
If your property is within the works area, the basement/vault to your property is a separate structure from the public highway and keeping it in a watertight condition is the responsibility of the owner/freeholder.

If the vault / basement has not been properly damp proofed and or tanked it is not secure from water ingress. Please be advised that neither the Service Provider nor Westminster City Council will be responsible for any damage resulting from water ingress in such circumstances.

Who is managing and running this project?
The Green Spine is part of the Church Street regeneration programme. It is being delivered by Westminster City Council’s contractors FM Conway and WSP.

How can I keep updated with the scheme?
Please subscribe to our fortnightly email updates. Subscribe via this link http://eepurl.com/hlX7Uj.

If you have further questions, please email us at GreenSpine@wsp.com

How can I report an issue to the council?
If you notice something that you would like to report, that isn’t related to the Green Spine (for example you have an issue with waste collection), please use the council’s Report It Tool - www.westminster.gov.uk/report-it

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