Abingdon Street Site (Underground Garage)

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Building and Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Mr. G. Wilson:

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works when he hopes to develop the Abingdon Street site now used as a car park; and what plans he has for an underground car park and gardens at street level.

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

Preparations are being made for work to start on the underground garage next month. The surface will be laid out as a public open space, on completion of the garage.

Mr. Wilson:

Why has it taken so long to make proper use of this site? What is happening about the garden? Is there to be a competition, or how will my hon. Friend decide what the layout of the garden will be?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

The development of the site is a matter for the Westminster City Council, and we are acting as its agents in this matter. As regards the layout of the site, a design has been worked out by our own architects which, I hope, will be pleasing to the House.