ClientThe Crown Estate
Park Square Gardens
During the First World War the gates to Regent’s Park were taken down to make way for military vehicles. The cast iron railings around Park Square Gardens were removed during the Second World War, leaving the area devoid of Nash’s ornamental features. The Crown Estate decided to reinstate the missing ironwork in order to improve the public realm. Templates were taken from Park Crescent where original railings remained. New railings were cast at Ballantyne’s Foundry in Bo’ness, Scotland, and erected on Portland stone plinths. On the north side of the square, lanterns were replaced, with the designs developed from 19th century engravings. In Park Square East and West the main park gates were reconstructed, with lanterns surmounted by a gilded crown, and now form a fitting North end to Portland Place and Nash’s Regent Street.