Decision details

Public Realm improvements in Piccadilly Circus

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Management

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Proposals to design and implement public realm and protective security improvements in Trafalgar Square


2.        Recommendations

2.1      The report is exempt from disclosure by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A Part 1, paragraph 14 (as amended), in that it contains information relating to action to be taken in connection with the prevention investigation or prosecution of a crime


2.2      Approval was given to design and develop the hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) scheme, in line with the design principles included within this report.


2.3      Approval was given for authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Environment & City Management, to implement the HVM scheme, in line with the design principles, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for City Management.


2.4      Approval was given for the expenditure of £2.7m from within the approved capital programme for protective security (£9.026m). The expenditure of £2.7m is necessary to commence the design and implementation of the HVM scheme.



3.        Reasons for Decision 

3.1      The proposed public realm security improvements identified in the report, will reduce the vulnerability of Piccadilly Circus to a terrorist attack utilising a vehicle as a weapon attack methodology or a penetrative vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack methodology.


3.2      The estimated cost to design, procure and implement the security measures is up to £2.7 million.


3.3      The Cabinet Member for City Management is recommended to approve the proposals outlined in the report and the capital expenditure necessary to implement the works.



Publication date: 05/05/2021

Date of decision: 07/12/2021

Effective from: 15/12/2021