'Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (‘Grosvenor’) today published a 20 year vision to transform its London estate and tackle the pressures facing the capital.
With London's rapid growth, Grosvenor wants its estate in Mayfair and Belgravia to work harder for its communities and all Londoners by adapting - with better streets, greener spaces and more active and enterprising places that appeal to the many, not just to the few.
It called for new partnerships between public and private sectors, and with those who live and work on the estate, to bring about this change.
Underlining its early commitment to this vision, Grosvenor announced two plans to improve this part of the West End:
- Residents, visitors and businesses will benefit from new superfast and ultrafast broadband connections, in many places where none exists now, across almost three quarters of the estate this year; a free, public Wi-Fi service to be piloted this year with the potential to cover half a square mile in the next 3 years; and new 4G mobile connections to deliver a step change improvement in coverage. This part of London will move from being in the 5% worst performing in the country for digital connections, to being in the top 5%.
Over the next year Grosvenor will invest in one of London's largest 'single estate' upgrades in broadband, wi-fi and mobile connections, in partnership with Openreach, Ventura Next, WiFi SPARK and the planning authorities.
- Grosvenor will be given back responsibility for managing Grosvenor Square from Royal Parks, in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Grosvenor will invest in the square alongside surrounding businesses. Later this year it will open a public call for ideas to make this green space - larger than Trafalgar Square - 'a great garden square for Londoners' fit for the 21st century."
They outlined their vision as follows:
Grosvenor’s London estate 20 year vision is based on Mayfair & Belgravia delivering seven bold, ambitious outcomes:
1. Active neighbourhoods that appeal to all users and to all possibilities for buildings and public spaces.
2. Integrated districts that are open to the rest of London, attractive to anyone who wants to visit, explore, eat, drink, shop and relax.
3. Communities connected by the best cultural events and working spaces as well by leisure, education and community retail, all having access to the best digital connections.
4. Better streets with less traffic, better access for cyclists and pedestrians and world class public realm.
5. The best green, open spaces in central London, rich in biodiversity, with cleaner air and an environment that encourages people to linger and enjoy the outdoors.
6. Thriving, enterprising businesses, both young and old, and to create interesting, useful and busy retail streets.
7. An architecturally beautiful estate, building on our exceptional cultural legacy with the development of new, adaptable buildings of world-class design.
For a more detailed look at their strategy, visit their page here: Vision Mayfair & Belgravia
It will be very interesting to watch this transformation over the coming years.