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Sloane Street is getting a beautiful makeover

In a new film, Wallpaper* explores how London’s most luxurious street will look after its spectacular makeover

How Sloane Street will look in 2024
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Discover how Sloane Street will look after its phenomenal two-year transformation in a new film by Wallpaper* and Cadogan, which brings to life the vision for its future. 

Works on an extensive makeover are underway to transform Sloane Street, making it cleaner, greener and reaffirming it as a global destination for luxury shopping while enhancing the neighbourhood for residents and visitors alike.

In the film, the monumental project is explored through interviews with the key creatives including Kit Bullas, associate at John McAslan + Partners, multiple Chelsea Flower Show award-winning garden designer Andy Sturgeon, who is planning a “royal” colour palette for the Street’s new planting, designer Anya Hindmarch, and Cadogan’s chief executive Hugh Seaborn.

Spearheaded by Cadogan, in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, this is will be the most significant streetscape improvement for the Street since it was originally commissioned by the 1st Earl Cadogan in the 18th Century, when Henry Holland devised the plan to connect the King’s Road to Knightsbridge, and the creation of ‘London Botanic Gardens’ (now Cadogan Place Gardens) at the Street’s heart. 

Every detail of the transformation has been meticulously considered to enhance the pedestrian experience by upgrading everything the eye touches with the finest materials.

For the new pavements resurfaced in traditional Yorkstone, the team patiently waited until a new seam opened at the quarry to ensure the highest quality and uniformity of the stone’s palette. Also using silver-grey granite, the pavements are being widened to prioritise the sidewalk experience for visitors and residents.

Beginning this month, a magnificent planting scheme headed by multiple Chelsea Flower Show award-winner Andy Sturgeon will see 100 new trees take root on the Street, and elegant, ornamental planting in new planters added to provide a buffer between pedestrians and traffic. These verdant additions will also better absorb airborne pollutants and reduce surface water run-off into drains.

The new custom-designed lighting, inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Holy Trinity church at the south end of the Street, will complement the neighbourhood’s distinctive architecture, while new street furniture will provide welcoming shelter and rest spots for pedestrians. 

To reduce incidences of speeding down the Street and improve air quality, traffic-calming measures and new crossing points along Sloane Street will be introduced, while detailed traffic modelling ensured that these changes to the geography of the Street will not affect journey times. 

As the works take place, the north-bound lane on Sloane Street will be closed to traffic, with affected buses diverted and other traffic redirected. In August 2023 work will move to the east side of the Street and the south-bound lane of Sloane Street will close to traffic. 

Work on the new-look Street is expected to conclude in late-2024, but if you’re planning a shopping trip during this time, rest assured that all of the boutiques and flagships remain open with full access. 

For more details about the transformation of Sloane Street, please visit sloanestreetfuture.co.uk.

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