Public realm improvements at CityPoint were proposed to improve the pedestrian experience around CityPoint and within the main entrances and propose further activation of the facades around the plaza. These public realm improvements coupled with the permitted development of 21 Moorfields to the east of the site and the arrival of Crossrail to Moorgate Station in 2018 will greatly increase the pedestrian flows around CityPoint. Momentum was commissioned by Brookfield to forecast people movement around the plaza and into the building and identify the key pedestrian desire lines in the area.
Momentum undertook static and dynamic modelling assessments of the current and expected pedestrian movements in and around the CityPoint building. From the static assessment, Momentum identified the requirements for reception area capacity and the requirements for turnstile banks and revolving doors during peak hours. A dynamic assessment using Legion Space works was then carried out to simulate pedestrian flows during peak hours and to assess the levels of service for congestion and queueing. The design that was tested was based on the static assessment recommendations for the number of turnstiles and revolving doors; and using mean density heat maps from the dynamic modelling, Momentum were able to confirm that the recommendations provided sufficient capacity to cope with the expected increase in demand as a result of the public realm improvements.
As a scope extension, Momentum were commissioned to carry out further pedestrian flow analysis, within and around CityPoint. This extension included the testing of several design options, encompassing the proposed transformation of the area over the next few years, including the removal of the Crossrail construction site, the introduction of the Elizabeth Line at Moorgate, and committed developments such as 21 Moorfields and London Wall