After extensive public consultations, plans for a £40 million public realm investment to Sloane Street have just been approved, heralding a new era for the Street.
The development, spearheaded by Cadogan, in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, will transform the iconic Street into one of the most beautiful luxury shopping boulevards in the world, and enhance the neighbourhood for locals and visitors alike. Kensington & Chelsea council leader Elizabeth Campbell said, “this project will breathe life into our high-street”.
Over the course of 2016 and 2017, more than 12,000 properties were sent details of the proposed improvements to Sloane Street, outlining how the development would put the community at the heart of the Street’s evolution. The plan was wholeheartedly embraced by local residents, with 75% of the respondents supporting the plans.
This will be the most significant streetscape improvements for Sloane Street since it was originally commissioned by the 1st Earl Cadogan in the 18th Century, which saw Henry Holland’s master plan connect the King’s Road to Knightsbridge and the creation of the “London Botanic Gardens” (now Cadogan Place Gardens) at the Street’s heart.
Andy Sturgeon, winner of multiple Chelsea Flower Show awards, will lead the greening of the street, “taking ‘retail therapy’ to another level”, while London Architects John McAslan + Partners (the team behind the transformation of King’s Cross Station), have been appointed to the public realm works.
“These proposals will strengthen Sloane Street’s position as a global destination for luxury retail and create an even more desirable environment for local residents and businesses,” said Cadogan chief executive Hugh Seaborn. “This complements our existing focus on improved leisure and food and drink, including the recent restoration of the historic Belmond Cadogan Hotel. The scheme has also allowed us to elegantly ‘design in’ improved security measures and enhance the digital infrastructure to provide unparalleled connectivity.”
Pavements will be resurfaced in traditional Yorkstone and silver-grey granite and be widened to create an elegant green boulevard, enhanced by introducing new trees and ornamental planting along the pavement edge, which will serve to increase the distance between pedestrians and street traffic while enhancing the ambience of the street. This greening will also better absorb airborne pollutants, reduce surface water run-off into drains and provide shelter for pedestrians.
The programme has pedestrian experience as its priority and will introduce improved lighting to complement the Street’s distinctive architecture and the introduction of new street furniture. Traffic calming measures and new crossing points along Sloane Street will be introduced to reduce high speeds while ensuring that vehicular flow is not impacted by the scheme.
Following the recent transformation of Pavilion Road, now home to small, independent artisan shops, the development further demonstrates Cadogan’s long-term commitment to building a thriving community.
Work on the Street will begin this autumn and is expected to be completed in three years.