Holborn Circus – Option Development
Project Centre was commissioned to look at feasibility options for the redesign of the Holborn Circus junction in London to improve streetscape and enhance pedestrian movements, whilst taking account of all forms of traffic flow and road safety.
Holborn Circus is a famous junction located on the boundaries of the City of London and Camden and operates as a signal controlled gyratory system utilising a statue of Prince Albert in its centre. The statue itself was designed by Charles Bacon in 1874.
Initially we were involved in this project from inception through to the end of option development. The initial work included gathering and analysing pedestrian, accident and traffic flows to ascertain the current situation with a view to option development. The traffic data collected was also utilised to model vehicle congestion through the junction. A number of options were developed and tested, in order to enhance the layout of the public realm at the junction and readdress the balance between public space and carriageway at this historic location.
We developed a series of options for the area taking account of the traffic analysis work, and encompassed the study into a single report with recommendations. All options were priced in terms of construction budgets, and subsequent recommendations made. The report has since been used to develop options further still, with a view to implementation in the near future.