Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Situated in a highly prestigious area of London next to Harrods department store, Hans Crescent was a two-way street with narrow pavements that was dominated by parked cars.
It didn’t have an aesthetic appeal to match its world famous surroundings so the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea commissioned Project Centre to redesign the public realm and lighting along the street.
A major component of the design is the creation of a single paved surface where the carriageway has been raised to that of the surrounding footway to create a flush surface. The entire street is surfaced in high quality paving normally seen only in pedestrianised areas.
Raising the level of the street enabled much of the existing substructure to be incorporated into the new design. This reduced costs as well as the amount of environmental waste.
New street trees create a natural, relaxing ambience which has transformed Hans Crescent from a busy street to an area more appropriate to its surroundings. The design encompasses a high quality palette of materials which is complimented by bespoke street furniture including seating and gullies.
Our lighting design replaced the existing two rows of sodium lighting with a central avenue of column mounted Woodhouse Geo luminaires as well as flush fit pavement mounted uplighters to illuminate the trees. The energy efficient metal halide lamps produce a cool colour temperature which complements the stone used for the paved surface and has transformed the street’s night time appearance.
High quality paving with long term durability
Existing road used as base to reduce costs
Variety of high quality 3D visualisation created