Kensington High Street
Kensington High Street has received widespread recognition as an exemplar project and is regularly visited by designers seeking inspiration.
Lord Rogers said ‘It lifted my spirit. It is the first time I have seen such high quality in England, easily comparable to the best examples on the continent. An exemplary example of a traffic and pedestrian scheme in an urban environment’.
The quality of the streetscape was formally recognised when it won the Civic Trust award for streetscape design in 2004 and the Lighting Design Award in 2002.
Project Centre’s new lighting scheme gives increased luminance and uniformity of lighting along the 1.2 kilometres of the high street. It also reduces street clutter by combining traffic signals on lamp columns at junctions and pedestrian crossings. Project Centre prepared detailed designs for carriageway and footway refurbishment. These incorporated the redesign of the side road entry treatments, pedestrian crossings, extended footways, service bays and bus stops. Street furniture has been reduced and has been co-ordinated with the new street lighting.
The use of a limited palette of high quality materials improves the appearance of the street and lowers maintenance costs.