Decision details

Royal Albert Hall Security and Highways Improvements

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve an initial design and the capital expenditure to implement security measures and a series of highways improvements in the vicinity of the Royal Albert Hall.

To grant approval to enter into a Section 278 agreement for the works and to proceed to detailed design and implementation of the scheme.


2.          Recommendations

2.1        That this 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        The Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways granted approval to commit to capital expenditure to deliver the scheme and to enter into an Agreement under Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980, in order to progress to detailed design stage and implement a security and highways scheme.


2.3        Delegated authority was given to the Acting Executive Director of City Management and Communities to allow minor modifications as necessary to the approved scheme, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways.



3.          Reasons for Decision


3.1        The proposed public realm improvements identified in this report, will reduce the vulnerability of the Royal Albert Hall and immediate surroundings to a terrorist attack utilising a vehicle as a weapon attack methodology or a penetrative vehicle borne improvised explosive device attack methodology.


3.2        Implementation of a series of highways improvements to provide added pedestrian safety and comfort, increase accessibility, enhance the experience of visitors to the area and encourage active travel.


3.2        To address a potentially unsafe crossing by implementing a new wider upgraded pedestrian crossing.


Publication date: 16/11/2020

Date of decision: 16/11/2020

Effective from: 25/11/2020