Holborn and Clerkenwell Place Plan

Holborn and Clerkenwell Place Plan

The Holborn and Clerkenwell Place Plan is creating a vision to enhance the public spaces across the five neighbourhoods of the Central District Alliance: Holborn, Bloomsbury, St Giles, Clerkenwell, and Farringdon. We’re doing this by looking at opportunities to support Camden and Islington Councils improve walking and cycling connectivity, seating, wayfinding, lighting, landscape, and public realm.

Where ideas meet action

The Central District Alliance is working with a design team to develop a vision for public spaces across the area and develop a few key projects that are intended to kick start wider improvements as part of the Holborn and Clerkenwell Place Plan.

The sites that are chosen for more detailed development will be published on this page.


We aim to establish an inclusive and welcoming environment by helping to make amazing places. The Holborn and Clerkenwell Place Plan will be a strategy to reconnect the Central District Alliance’s fragmented neighbourhoods of St Giles, Bloomsbury, Holborn, Hatton Garden, and Clerkenwell and to make each place feel distinct and enjoyable. We want to help move schemes forwards that have been proposed by Camden and Islington councils.


We are kicking off the first stage of the project, the visioning exercise, in the first quarter of 2022 and hope to conclude it by the end of the year. After this we will work with Camden and Islington councils to further develop proposals, and support further work to bring the schemes forward. We also hope that the visioning work will identify opportunities for quick wins that can support change.


Many factors are combining to create new demand for better public space quality in the area. The Elizabeth Line is expected to open in the first half of 2022 to provide new connectivity at Farringdon and Holborn stations, while around seventy new commercial developments are at various stages of planning and construction within the footprint. Alongside these physical changes to the area, the climate crisis highlighted by London’s flash floods last year is requiring public spaces to establish ecosystem services, and the United Kingdom’s recovery from the omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to see people return to central London for work and socialising with a renewed desire for comfort and safety in the public realm.

Invitation to Tender

Approach and Commitment to Engagement

To ensure that the future of the Central District Alliance is an enjoyable and welcoming place for all, we are committed to hearing your ideas, insights, comments, and concerns. Please use the online form below share your thoughts with the team.

We will hold a few sessions throughout the process to provide opportunities to discuss with us face to face. These will be published on this page.

Background Information