Visions, Strategies & Masterplans
Projects by service
BOND STREET PUBLIC REALM ENHANCEMENTS
An ambitious design to revitalise an iconic shopping street
2015 – ongoing
Bond Street Public Realm Survey, 2015Bond Street Concept Design and Ongoing Design Oversight, 2015
Westminster City Council (WCC), New West End Company
FM Conway-WSP (Bond Street Concept Design), WSP Traffic Engineers (detailed design and delivery)
City of Westminster, London
Bond Street is synonymous with British fashion, style and luxury. But in recent years, the quality of the outdoor environment along Bond Street has fallen out of step with the calibre of its buildings, retailers and international reputation. The arrival of the Elizabeth line Crossrail in late 2018 will significantly increase the number of pedestrians moving through Bond Street and the West End.
Publica developed an ambitious concept design for the revitalisation of Bond Street that provides a sequence of public spaces tailored to the specific functions and characters along the length of the street.
The elegant and unified design balances modes of traffic on Bond Street and streamlines road signage and markings. Improved crossings, careful consideration of space for pedestrians, bicycles, cars, taxis and service vehicles and an upgraded material palette are drivers of the design. Yorkstone, Portuguese silver granite, green and black stone paving delineate functions and create spaces in response to the townscape and architecture. New street furniture, public seating, greenery and lighting accompany widened footpaths, new public spaces and improved settings for public art.
A multidisciplinary team, including Publica, traffic and transport specialists NRP and engineers WSP and FMC, developed the detailed design for Bond Street and are currently progressing its transformation.
Understanding the context, anticipating the future
The concept design for Bond Street was developed out of Publica’s detailed audit and analysis of both the street and the wider neighbourhood. Our team mapped and documented existing street uses, routes, character, connections, material and spatial conditions, while anticipating the significant impact of Crossrail across the district. Our survey also included an in-depth analysis of the wider development context in Mayfair and the West End, including public realm improvements by neighbouring landowners and developers.
A set of principles for change were developed to build a unique identity for Bond Street that is also integrated with Mayfair, the West End and Westminster as a whole.
Concept design through to construction
The project to transform Bond Street broke ground in April 2017 in a special event with representatives from the GLA, Westminster City Council, New West End Company, the Bond Street Management Group and local business and neighbours.
New benches have been fabricated and installed on Bond Street. The Horse and Rider sculpture by Elisabeth Frink, previously positioned at the corner of Piccadilly and Dover Street, was installed at the corner of Bond Street and Burlington Gardens; unveiled as part of Mayfair Art Weekend. Construction will be completed by the end of 2018.