1 December 2017
Thank you to the 140 people who joined us for our Oxford Street Transformation seminar yesterday. Hosted jointly with New West End Company (NWEC), the seminar brought together members of our two organisations, politicians and policymakers – to discuss the current consultation on the transformation of Europe’s most famous shopping street.
The seminar began with a presentation by Sam Monck, Head of Oxford Street Transformation at TfL and Westminster City Council. Sam delved into the consultation’s detail, highlighting the proposals for the second phase of the consultation including timelines and next steps. View a copy of Sam’s presentation here.
Damian Wild, Editor of EG, then chaired a panel discussion with industry and political leaders including:
• Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage at Westminster City Council
• Craig McWilliam – Vice Chair of both the WPA and West End Partnership; Chief Executive of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
• Val Shawcross CBE – Deputy Mayor of London for Transport
• Jace Tyrrell – Chief Executive of the NWEC
A number of issues were discussed including air quality, diversifying the area’s commercial offer, Oxford Street’s international competitiveness, and improving the area for workers and residents. Vice-Chair of the WPA, Craig McWilliam, noted without the proposed changes, Oxford Street and the West End’s competitive advantages could erode to the detriment of London and the UK.
The panel agreed London’s ability to consistently re-invent itself was an important source of the capital’s success and these proposals were the latest example of this. Deputy Mayor of London Val Shawcross concluded by stating “the eyes of the world are on us and we have a once in a generation opportunity to transform the area.”