Children's play at heart of West End plans

by Pete Hayman | 05 Dec 2008

Plans to regenerate some of London's most famous shopping streets are set to include play provision after the chief executive of London Play, Ute Navidi, was appointed to the project's seven-person Inclusive Design Panel (IDP).

The refurbishment of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street is to be carried out in time for the London 2012 Olympics, and the IDP has been tasked to ensure that the area is transformed into a place where families and children can go. Navidi said: "I will certainly try to ensure, wherever possible, that the panel is adding appropriate play features into the various designs for the area. Introducing natural elements such as sand, water and green areas will be more exciting and child-friendly than perhaps some of the existing street furniture."

Other facilities that Navidi said will be proposed include breast feeding facilities and more accessible toilets. The IDP will officially meet for the first time in January 2009, with other members of the panel comprising architects, designers and local government members.

Plans to regenerate some of London's most famous shopping streets are set to include play provision after the chief executive of London Play, Ute Navidi, was appointed to the project's seven-person Inclusive Design Panel (IDP). The refurbishment of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street is to be carried out in time for the London 2012 Olympics, and the IDP has been tasked to ensure that the area is transformed
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