Windsor Public Space Transformation

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We want your views on proposed changes to Castle Hill, St Albans Street and the surrounding area.

Windsor’s world-renowned royal history, aesthetic and style successfully attract scores of visitors who come to enjoy this famous heritage area as well as the retail opportunities available. Visitor numbers to Windsor Castle have continued to grow steadily each year and are a source of further economic growth to the local economy.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is proposing changes to Castle Hill and St Albans St to expand the pedestrian space, making the area more pleasant and safer for visitors during the busiest times of the day. The expectation is that this will support local businesses by encouraging visitors to spend more time in the town centre, as well as enhancing the look and feel of the area to improve the overall visitor experience.

The council is also proposing wider-reaching, wayfinding (directional signage) interventions to attract visitors to the wider town areas and complement the changes to public space, ultimately increasing comfort and thereby expenditure.

Proposed improvements:

  • Wayfinding and pedestrian improvements to guide visitors through Windsor
  • Timed closure of Castle Hill to all vehicles from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Sunday (authorised access only during these times via a manned control post).
  • Implementation of a protective barrier near the Queen Victoria Statue for improved safety.
  • Permanent closure at the northern end of St Albans Street.

Pedestrian Improvements

Specific pedestrian area improvements could include new seating within Romney Lock car park giving visitors the opportunity to sit and rest, increasing various pavement areas as well as new, and realignment of existing, pedestrian crossings to create better pedestrian flow.

Materials options

All materials proposed for the works have been specifically chosen to keep with the existing, heritage stone work. Some example swatches can be seen below:

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Have your say!

Your feedback is important. Changes need to be made in the area, but we want these changes to work for the people who live and work there. We want to hear your thoughts on these proposals to improve the public space around the castle and generate more business in the town.

Please complete the survey below to tell us what you think and help us understand more about your access requirements in the project area so we can design these improvements around the needs of local residents and businesses.

Virtual engagement event

We will also be holding a virtual engagement event on Tuesday 15 December 2020 from 6pm - 8pm. This will be an opportunity for you to speak to the project team and ask questions about the proposals and discuss any concerns.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite. You will then be sent a link to join the engagement event on Microsoft Teams. You do not need any software to attend this event and can use your existing web browser.

Thank you for visiting our page, please note that this engagement is now closed. Please see our summary report here.


We want your views on proposed changes to Castle Hill, St Albans Street and the surrounding area.

Windsor’s world-renowned royal history, aesthetic and style successfully attract scores of visitors who come to enjoy this famous heritage area as well as the retail opportunities available. Visitor numbers to Windsor Castle have continued to grow steadily each year and are a source of further economic growth to the local economy.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is proposing changes to Castle Hill and St Albans St to expand the pedestrian space, making the area more pleasant and safer for visitors during the busiest times of the day. The expectation is that this will support local businesses by encouraging visitors to spend more time in the town centre, as well as enhancing the look and feel of the area to improve the overall visitor experience.

The council is also proposing wider-reaching, wayfinding (directional signage) interventions to attract visitors to the wider town areas and complement the changes to public space, ultimately increasing comfort and thereby expenditure.

Proposed improvements:

  • Wayfinding and pedestrian improvements to guide visitors through Windsor
  • Timed closure of Castle Hill to all vehicles from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Sunday (authorised access only during these times via a manned control post).
  • Implementation of a protective barrier near the Queen Victoria Statue for improved safety.
  • Permanent closure at the northern end of St Albans Street.

Pedestrian Improvements

Specific pedestrian area improvements could include new seating within Romney Lock car park giving visitors the opportunity to sit and rest, increasing various pavement areas as well as new, and realignment of existing, pedestrian crossings to create better pedestrian flow.

Materials options

All materials proposed for the works have been specifically chosen to keep with the existing, heritage stone work. Some example swatches can be seen below:

Please click to open a larger version in a new window

Have your say!

Your feedback is important. Changes need to be made in the area, but we want these changes to work for the people who live and work there. We want to hear your thoughts on these proposals to improve the public space around the castle and generate more business in the town.

Please complete the survey below to tell us what you think and help us understand more about your access requirements in the project area so we can design these improvements around the needs of local residents and businesses.

Virtual engagement event

We will also be holding a virtual engagement event on Tuesday 15 December 2020 from 6pm - 8pm. This will be an opportunity for you to speak to the project team and ask questions about the proposals and discuss any concerns.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite. You will then be sent a link to join the engagement event on Microsoft Teams. You do not need any software to attend this event and can use your existing web browser.

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