Exhibition Road

Dixon Jones, London, 2012

 

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Repaving and reorganisation of Exhibition Road, from Hyde Park to South Kensington underground station

The redesign creates a single surface for pedestrians and road users, with no road markings, signs or other superfluous furniture and a low speed limit.

The repaved road runs from South Kensington underground station to Hyde Park, passing the Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Hyde Park chapel, Goethe-Institut and the Royal Geographical Society.

The street paving is formed of grey granite crossed by beige paving that form a grid of rhombuses that run the length of the street. Spaced at regular intervals to tie in with this paving grid lighting is provided by 20m-high lantern columns that run along the middle of the street.

The busiest section of the road, between South Kensington and Prince Consort Road, is divided into four sectors. Two four-meter wide corridors next to the buildings on either side of an 8m ‘transition zone’, where there are parking bays, cycle racks and other items of street furniture, next to two lanes for traffic.

Data

  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: Jan 2012
  • Floor area: 26,000m2
  • Sector: Public realm
  • Total cost: £25M
  • Procurement: NEC 3 opt D
  • Address: Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2HE, United Kingdom

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