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Bond Street

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. Despite the quality of its retailers, window displays and architecture, Bond Street’s public realm had fallen out of step with the calibre of both its business life and reputation.

Publica was commissioned to carry out a detailed audit of the current public realm conditions on Bond Street to inform a redesign of the street. The survey identified a unique opportunity to provide a timeless and elegant streetscape and quality civic setting to promenade, shop and do business. It concluded that the new design should improve the material quality of the street space, balance the needs of all users, and strengthen connections to neighbouring streets.

Building on the findings of the survey, Publica developed a concept design for Bond Street that sought to unify its vistas and rebuild its identity as a destination in its own right, rather than simply a route or thoroughfare. Using a simple, elegant surface design and a common material palette, the design includes a straightforward demarcation of functions throughout the street, accommodating the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, cars and service vehicles. Connections to the new Crossrail station, future pedestrian routes, and Bond Street’s existing transport infrastructure were also integrated into the concept design.

Publica has worked closely with engineers WSP on the detailed design for the public realm improvement works leading up to construction. The project 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.

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