City of London


Architect: Make (kiosk)


Carter Lane Gardens spans the St Pauls Churchyard carriageway between Godliman Street and New Change. The southern section was part of the Carter Lane Quarter Streetscene Enhancement Initiative where the principal aims were to improve the pedestrian experience by providing high quality accessible public spaces, revitalising streets and reintroducing traditional materials appropriate to both the historic and contemporary parts of the City. The northern section covers the former coach park on the north side of St Pauls Churchyard and the refurbishment of Festival Gardens. The whole design aimed to improve the user experience of the site and the setting of St Pauls Cathedral.

The Practice was appointed in 2006 by the City of London to develop a public realm and streetscape strategy for the Carter Lane Quarter of the City which lies to the south of St Pauls Cathedral. The project was part of the City of London's 'Street Scene Challenge Initiative' and was developed in partnership with Transport for London. This was key to improving the pedestrian connections and traffic management through a 'shared space' strategy to achieve a balance between pedestrian and vehicle movement.
The brief called for an upgrade to the existing Carter Lane Gardens to enhance the pedestrian experience by providing high quality public spaces while also providing an appropriate setting for the historic cathedral. These spaces were to include removal of the former coach park and create a large space adjacent to the southern facade of the Cathedral incorporating a new Information Centre.

The new Carter Lane Gardens includes flower gardens, lawns, seating, incorporates settings for sculptures and a space for 'performance'. The overall design was to be flexible enough to allow for any manner of London events, such as the Lord Mayors Show seating stands.