Making that breakfast meeting first thing. Catching your connecting train, the gym class you've only made once – but still pay for. Or making it home in time to read that bedtime story.
We're paving the way to give you the time that matters most in your day – making the changes needed to transform your commute at Holborn.
Imagine a day when you no longer queue on Kingsway and fight the crowds changing paths between Central and Piccadilly Lines. When you can access your route via lift and escalator and enter via Procter Street to reduce your commute. That day is coming.
We all love our thriving Midtown community. Our district is growing in vibrancy, diversity, economy and opportunity. So, it's no surprise that capacity is estimated to increase by 20% in the mornings and 29% in the evenings by 2031.
Designed in 1900 Holborn is now currently the City's 14th busiest station. Its last upgrade was in 1930 when the Capital was a bustling hive of metropolitan boroughs-before the need of environmental and accessibility requirements. But we are Midtown – the Capital's capital. And with the latest figures showing 56 million visitors travelling through Holborn each year – now's the time for expansion to accommodate our social and commercial growth. Our CEO, Tass Mavrogordato explains:
"Midtown works hard, plays hard and values every passing second. We're embracing the advent of environmental innovation and our district sets a vibrant example for workers and visitors. We're committed to less congestion, less crowding and greater connections through the capacity improvements at Holborn alone."
We're working together with TfL and are driving change. We've invested funding and resource and following a public consultation where 98% agreed with the need for the upgrade, are dedicated to securing Midtown as home to London's best-connected postcodes, WC1 and EC1 – soon to be ‘bookended' by the opening of the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon.
Our dialogue with TfL began in 2009 and we've been actively involved in the progression of the upgrade since then. It's now a live long-term project that both Bee Midtown and TfL are committed to. As a complex construction job, things are going to take time but we want to reassure you that the proposed upgrade is gathering serious momentum. Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, affirms:
"The expansion of Holborn Tube station will make life better for the tens of thousands of customers who use it every day. It is an important station, serving a broad range of local institutions and businesses, but it is clearly increasingly not fit for purpose. The consultation showed people are fully behind our proposals to transform the station."
Think Oslo, Helsinki, Singapore – leading examples of some of the globe's most environmentally advanced cities. And now think Midtown, London, because you and your business have a unique opportunity to be part of a pilot that will attract global attention.
Londoners consume more plastic bottled water per person than anywhere else in England: on average more than 3 plastic water bottles every week — a startling 175 bottles every year per person.
London's recycling rate is below the national average and has stagnated over the past 5 years. London burns over half of its waste for energy: over 2 million tonnes of waste are incinerated each year, and this amount has more than doubled in the past decade.
Organic waste or recyclable materials are unnecessarily going to incineration — including materials such as plastic, that are potentially hazardous to health when burnt. Once these materials are burnt, they are lost and can't be used within a circular economy.
Together with the Evening Standard, Midtown is joining the mission to make sure our city remains the best place in the world. And one that chooses sustainable sources over plastic. Future London is a two-year campaign that will focus on tackling five issues that matter to Londoners like you, with a practical and positive approach. The London Evening Standard have teamed up with major London businesses including UBER, Source London, Google and BEE Midtown to drive the campaign forward.
The big five include the:
Future London allows the private sector the power to create a legacy and improve our community through social responsibility.
As a catalyst for change, Midtown has been exclusively chosen by the Evening Standard to pilot a plastic-reducing scheme to revolutionise the way we source sustainable materials as an alternative. And the eyes of the world's Capital's will be watching.
We're leading where others will follow, as a beacon of sustainability across the city. In Midtown alone we've found ways to reduce our waste, change our daily habits and detox our district. We're working with you to source alternative products to help project Midtown as the leading plastic-reducing destination for work and leisure. A place where businesses like yours change society for the better. And saying ‘no' to plastic pollution is just the beginning. Download our latest 8-page supplement in association with the London Evening Standard, that continues to turn the spotlight on Midtown.
BEE MIDTOWN HAVE CREATED GUIDES FOR BOTH BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS TO HELP REDUCE THEIR SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGH THE BELOW LINKS:
WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US IN TAKING ACTION TO REDUCE MIDTOWN’S RELIANCE ON PLASTIC!