|Distance (N) from Greenwich|
|OS map details||OS Explorer: 162|
|OS grid ref||TQ 38654.84439|
|WGS84 lat/long||51.541825, -0.002002|
Although Meridian Square is shown on some maps as a crescent shaped road leading to and from the Great Eastern Road, in reality it also includes the paved area immediately to the south that links the Stratford Centre to Stratford Station.
The building of the Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and the Olympic Park necessitated changes to Meridian Square in order to accommodate the pedestrian access over the railway lines between the new buildings on the one side and the existing transport hub in the Square on the other. The Time Spiral was removed to make way for the new access steps from Meridian Square. A concept plan for a redesign of the Square was drawn up in March 2010 by Design for London – a small team within the Greater London Authority, who work on behalf of the Mayor of London (link below). Amongst its proposals were the building of ‘The Shoal’ – the vertical kinetic sculpture of naturally coloured titanium that now fronts the Stratford Centre, the ‘Meridian Sweep’ – the area of darker coloured paving that now links the station to the Stratford Centre, and the marking of the Meridian with a brass strip in the paving.