With Grosvenor Square’s 300th anniversary just around the corner, the transformation of grade II listed Grosvenor Square has been unanimously given the green light by Westminster City Council.
Work on London’s second largest garden square is set to begin in early 2024, turning it into an extraordinary urban garden with ground-breaking environmental credentials.
The reimagined 6-acre garden will celebrate and preserve the square’s historic features and introduce new elements including:
- A shaded garden containing biodiverse planting
- A central open garden re-instating the original 1720s oval design
- Waterfall canopies, wetlands and channels capturing and storing rainwater for re-use
- Play spaces and an education building
The redesign of Grosvenor Square will drive biodiversity with a 5-fold increase in the number of plant species and 24 more trees, increasing habitats for wildlife whilst improving air quality and access to nature in the West End.
The transformation project will take place as carbon neutral from day one. Through a highly sustainable design and management plan, embodied and operational carbon will be minimised. Any remaining emissions will be offset through verified schemes.
With the significant increase in planting and revitalised soils, additional carbon will also be removed and stored within the square, helping reduce Mayfair’s climate footprint in the long term.
James Raynor, CEO, Grosvenor Property UK “The pandemic underscored the lack of high-quality green space in central London that makes room for both people and nature. This incredible project will deliver much of what is needed so badly – creating an exceptional environment for everyone who lives in, or comes to, the area.”
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