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Public Realm Survey and Concept Design

Bond Street

Public Realm Survey and Concept Design

Bond Street is an exceptional historic London street, synonymous with luxury goods, art, jewellery, high fashion and British style. Yet, despite the quality of its retailers, window displays and architecture, Bond Street’s existing public realm was out of step with the calibre of both its business life and reputation – with poor material conditions and unbalanced and inconsistent functions for visitors, pedestrian movement, vehicles, cyclists and other users.  

 Publica was commissioned by the New West End Company (NWEC), working alongside Westminster City Council (WCC), to carry out a detailed audit of the current public realm conditions on Bond Street in order to inform a re-design of the street. The survey concluded that the new designs should improve the material quality and function of the street space, carefully respond to its varied character and the changing wider context, strengthen connections to neighbouring streets and provide for Bond Street’s diverse users, including the needs of servicing and vehicle access. The re-designed public realm would also need to ensure Bond Street’s future as a destination in its own right, rather than simply a route or thoroughfare.

Building on the public realm survey, Publica began development of a concept design for Bond Street, which sought to unify the street’s vistas and rebuild its identity, through simple, elegant surface design and a common material palette. Straightforward demarcation of functions throughout the street would accommodate the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles by using appropriate materials and avoiding signs, lines and objects wherever possible. Connections to the new Crossrail station, future pedestrian routes, and Bond Street’s existing transport infrastructure were also to be integrated into the concept design.

Together, the survey and subsequent concept design for Bond Street represents a unique opportunity to deliver a timeless and elegant streetscape and quality civic setting for this exceptional street; as a place to visit, promenade, shop, live and do business.

  • Title: Bond Street Public Realm Survey and Concept Design
  • Location: City of Westminster, London
  • Year: 2015/16
  • Client: Westminster City Council (WCC) and New West End Company (NWEC)