The West End Partnership’s 15 year vision for the West End of London was launched at the newly opened Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly on Thursday 18 June 2015.
The new strategy, unveiled by Leader of Westminster City Council Councillor Philippa Roe with Exemplar co-founder Daniel Van Gelder, will deliver an initial £500m of improvements to secure the area’s future as the powerhouse that drives the London and United Kingdom economies and as an unrivalled global destination. Additional private development investment is expected in the region of £20bn.
The vision and action plan also aims to ensure that life for the 60,000 residents and 610,000 people who work in the area is as good as any to be found in comparable international locations; that the distinctive neighbourhood feel of the area’s urban villages is enhanced; that large, medium sized and small businesses thrive; and that the visitor experience is the best it can be.
The new vision aims for Oxford Street West to be the world’s best outdoor street shopping experience, complementing Regent Street and Bond Street with an unrivalled mix of flagship and branded stores. Other parts of the plan will see new homes built in Westminster and a coordinated global drive will bring even more visitors to the West End. The Partnership is also calling for better local powers and greater financial autonomy to fund more investment.
Exemplar has developed numerous major buildings in and around Central London so were extremely excited to play a part in looking forward to 2030 and helping to shape a vision for our Capital City’s future.