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Dixon Jones’ £29m Exhibition Road overhaul officially opens

London mayor Boris Johnson has officially opened Dixon Jones’ shared surface revamp of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London

Johnson was joined by leaders of City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea councils to open the new kerb-free streetscape.

The London mayor said: ‘Like the many other improvements we are making to London’s great outdoors it is projects like these that are not just creating fantastic new places to enjoy but which are supporting and delivering many jobs across the capital.

‘This clever approach to rearranging the streetscape at the heart of one of the most important cultural and academic corners on the planet will heighten the whole experience for visitors. In particular it will make it much easier and even more pleasurable for families visiting these unique attractions with space to wander unhindered in an area that puts people first.’

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea leader, councillor Merrick Cockell, said: ‘It has taken us the best part of ten years to get here but South Kensington and Exhibition Road finally have the setting they deserve. 

‘For 2012 and far beyond, London now has a unique streetscape that will delight our many millions of visitors and which sets a new standard for urban design.’

Dixon Jones' completed revamp of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. Image by Dixon Jones

Dixon Jones’ completed revamp of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. Image by Dixon Jones

Dixon Jones' Exhibition Road project in South Kensington, London

Dixon Jones’ Exhibition Road project in South Kensington, London

Transport for London deputy chair Daniel Moylan added: ‘The improvements made to this cultural heartland of the Capital are exactly what the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors programme is seeking to achieve.

‘The reimagining of the space has transformed Exhibition Road, improving the quality of life for people living and working in, and for those visiting, the area. In addition, the uplift in local retail has helped nearby business and dramatically improved the pedestrian experience.

‘It is a great example of how TfL and the boroughs are contributing to transform the streets and public spaces in the Capital in advance of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.’

Westminster Council leader councillor Colin Barrow added: ‘The project at Exhibition Road has made a dramatic impact on the South Kensington streetscape and we are delighted to see the successful completion of these improvements. The streamlined streetscape ensures that the area is at its best for the millions of visitors each year and fits in well with our own streetscape improvements across the City of Westminster.’

The kerb-free streetscape was designed with ‘visual and tactile lines’ to distinguish between vehicle and pedestrian areas and features a 20mph speed limit.

The scheme features a chequered granite surface with black cast iron drainage channel covers running along each side of Exhibition Road, approximately four metres out from the respective building lines. The project took three years to construct.

 

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Dixon Jones completes Exhibition Road overhaul

[First look + plans + project data] Dixon Jones has completed its £29 million shared surface revamp of Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London

The kerb-free streetscape was designed with ‘visual and tactile lines’ to distinguish between vehicle and pedestrian areas and features a 20mph speed limit.

The scheme features a chequered granite surface with black cast iron drainage channel covers running along each side of Exhibition Road, approximately four metres out from the respective building lines.

The project took three years to construct and the official reopening ceremony will take place on 1 February 2012.

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea leader Merrick Cockell said: ‘It has taken us the best part of ten years to get here but South Kensington and Exhibition Road finally have the setting they deserve. 

‘For 2012 and far beyond, London now has a unique streetscape that will delight our many millions of visitors and which sets a new standard for urban design.’

Transport for London deputy chairman Daniel Moylan added: ‘The improvements made to this cultural heartland of the Capital are exactly what the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors programme is seeking to achieve.

‘The reimagining of the space has transformed Exhibition Road, improving the quality of life for people living and working in, and for those visiting, the borough.  In addition, the uplift in local retail has helped nearby business and dramatically improved the pedestrian experience.

‘It is a great example of how TfL and the boroughs are contributing to transform the streets and public spaces in the Capital in advance of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.’

 

 

Project data

 

Architects:Dixon Jones
Location:Exhibition Road, London
Type of Project: Streetscape
Traffic, Highways and Lighting Engineering: Project Centre
Project Architect: Sarah Rubinstein
Design Team: Jeremy Dixon, Edward Jones, Sarah Rubinstein, Robert Loader, Chris Schulte, Anthony Bowles
Conservation Architect(Lanterns): Feilden + Mawson
Client:The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (Executive Client): Transport for London (and the Mayor of London) and Westminster City Council
Funding:Transport for London, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster City Council, English Heritage
Tender date: October 2008
Start on site date: October 2009
Contract duration: 2 years 2months
Gross area: 26,000 Square metres
Form of contract and/or procurement: NEC 3 opt D
Total cost: £25m
Project Management: Schal
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon
CDM Coordination: Schal
Main contractor: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd., Southern Division
Lighting consultant/subcontractor: Woodhouse
Structural engineers: Arup
Selected subcontractors and suppliers:
Granite sett suppliers:
Marshalls
Stone Mason / Stone Subcontractors: GU Contracts and T&T Groundworks
Mortar: SteinTec
Street Furniture: Woodhouse
Annual co2 emissions: n/a

 

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