Cadogan Estates, has announced plans to oversee a £40m redevelopment of Sloane Street, following the recent transformation of Pavilion Road which runs parallel.
London Architects John McAslan + Partners, whose recent work includes the transformation of King’s Cross Station, has been appointed to lead the redevelopment.
The programme also includes resurfacing and widening pavements to ensure a more “pleasurable experience” for pedestrians. 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.
Multiple Chelsea Flower Show award winner, Andy Sturgeon will oversee the new “green boulevard”, which will look to better absorb airborne pollutants. Materials, such as traditional Yorkstone and silver-grey granite, will be used to form a “consistent palette and further enrich the unique character of the street”.
Alongside road transformations, there will also be refits for “high end” retailers, in order to create a “luxury retail environment”.
Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan, said: “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.”
Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, added: “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.”
These will be the most significant streetscape improvements for Sloane Street since it was originally commissioned by the 1st Earl Cadogan in the 18th Century. The works will begin in the autumn, and is slated to finish in three years.