Carnaby St Kiosks, Soho, W1

Proposals for new kiosks at northern end of Carnaby Street, W1
Designs prepared 2006, Client: Liberty of London
RD Architects, London Office

The northern end of Carnaby Street, where the pedestrian area meets Great Marlborough Street has, for many years, been rather run down. There are a number of reasons: it is the location of City of Westminster underground public toilets, there is a large motorbike parking bay and there is a lot of confusing signage and advertising.

There are three key stakeholders in the area – The City of Westminster (as owner of the street, the toilets and being the Planning Authority), Liberty of London (owning and operating the adjacent department store) and Shaftesbury PLC (being the estate owner of virtually all of Carnaby Street).

We prepared proposals to upgrade the entrance to the toilets, paid for by the provision of a kiosk / flower stall that would be let commercially. Positive discussions were held with Shaftesbury PLC and the City of Westminster both of whom viewed the proposals positively. The project was put on hold when the owners of Liberty put the store up for sale.

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