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Sloane Street


John McAslan + Partners' transformation of Sloane Street public realm is to commmence in Autumn 2019. The £40 million revamp - for Cadogan Estates in partnership with Kensington & Chelsea - will feature new trees and extensive planting, overseen by multiple Chelsea Flower Show award winner, Andy Sturgeon. The programme also includes resurfacing and widening pavements to ensure a more pleasurable experience for pedestrians, improved lighting to complement the distinctive architecture and the introduction of new street furniture.

Quality materials, such as traditional Yorkstone and silver-grey granite, will form a consistent palette and further enrich the unique character of the street. Traffic-calming measures and increased crossing points will be introduced to reduce high speeds, and in-depth traffic modelling has ensured that vehicular flow is not impacted by the scheme.

The work 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 London Botanic Gardens (now Cadogan Place Gardens) at the street’s heart. Since then, it has established international cachet as the one of the world’s leading shopping destinations.

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, comments: “This project will breathe life into our high street and give residents and visitors a whole new experience. We are fully behind projects that deliver on our aims to tackle climate change and improve the local environment.”

John McAslan, Chairman of John McAslan + Partners, adds: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Cadogan and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on this exciting and innovative streetscape project. The scheme by John McAslan + Partners enhances the character and quality of this iconic thoroughfare. By introducing visual clarity, emphasising the priority of pedestrians and specifying high quality horticulture, new street furniture and additional trees, the project will offer residents, visitors and businesses a transformed and environmentally enhanced urban experience”

Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan, states: “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. We have seen major recent investment from many of the luxury houses on the Street – the new Balenciaga store opened earlier this year, alongside multi-million pound refits from Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Gucci, Fendi and Chanel - and our plans will create a seamless and inspiring environment whether in-store or travelling along the Street. 

“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.”

Andy Sturgeon, planting designer, says: “The planting draws the historic gardens out along the Street to create a more uplifting atmosphere and visually rich environment. It will reflect and enhance the sumptuous, multi-layered experience found in the beautiful stores – taking ‘retail therapy’ to another level! The planting incorporates new and innovative species to London, in the spirit of Sir Hans Sloane, the renowned physician, collector and botanist from whom the Street takes its name.”

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  • Sector

    Masterplan, Infrastructure, Landscape + Public Realm

  • Location

    London, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Cadogan Estates

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  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect

  • Status

    2013 Onwards

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