LONDON — Sloane Street, one of the London’s ritziest shopping thoroughfares which runs from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square, is set to get a 40 million pounds facelift thanks to property owner Cadogan and the local council, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Works are to begin in the autumn and will take three years, involving extensive new planting to be overseen by multiple Chelsea Flower Show award winner Andy Sturgeon.
London architect John McAslan and Partners, whose recent work includes the transformation of King’s Cross Station, has been appointed on the public realm master plan. McAslan said the plan will introduce “visual clarity, emphasize the priority of pedestrians and feature high quality horticulture, new street furniture and additional trees.”
The public program also includes resurfacing and widening pavement, improved lighting, the introduction of new street furniture and better traffic controls.
Hugh Seaborn, chief executive officer of Cadogan, said the plans will strengthen Sloane Street’s position as a global destination for luxury retail.
“We have seen major recent investment from many of the luxury houses on the Street — the new Balenciaga store opened earlier this year alongside multimillion pound refits from Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Gucci, Fendi and Chanel — and our plans will create a seamless and inspiring environment whether in-store or traveling along the street.”
Central London’s biggest shopping streets are racing to keep up with one another, improve footfall and attract tourists and locals alike. Large swathes of the West End have been getting makeovers in anticipation of the arrival of new train and underground lines over the next few years.
As part of those plans, Oxford Street will also get a 150 million pounds bump in investment to increase pedestrian walkways and improve communal areas. Selfridges has also invested in a civic project near its Oxford Street home, planting trees and commissioning a marble public water fountain as part of its ongoing Project Ocean initiative for a plastic-free London.