The first phase of improvements to Hounslow High Street has been completed.
Hounslow Highways’ has completed the pedestrianisation of the High Street . Work started in January 2014 to renew the hard landscaping, including the paving which combines feature granite and concrete blocks and incorporates new slot drainage units. New street furniture has been installed to include low-energy lighting, benches, decorative tree surrounds and bicycle parking, improving the street scene and ambience.
A number of trees have been planted within zoned areas – or ‘pocket parks’ – which reflect the designers, David Kohn Architects’, vision to develop the high street into an informal meeting place.
Further works which have taken place as part of the first phase include the opening of Bell Square (on Bell Road) as an outdoor performance area. Situated at the end of Hounslow High Street, it is a large square with seating and standing space where performances take place every other Saturday. An events pavilion will also be built to the west side of the performance area later this year.
Commissioned by the London Borough of Hounslow to carry out this major public realm scheme, Hounslow Highways is supporting the council’s strong and exciting vision for the borough. The regeneration of the high street – which has over 24,000 pedestrian movements each day – is a forerunner to a new shopping and public realm development just to the north of the high street.
A second phase of regeneration will see further improvements made including the widening of footways, lowering of kerbs and reducing street clutter.
Brendon Walsh, director of regeneration, economic development and environment at the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “Our aim is to create a place to be proud of and which would provide a focus for community use, social activity and events through the creation of new public spaces. I am delighted with the results of phase one of the project and am very much looking forward to seeing the improvements phase two will bring to the local community.”
Rob Gillespie, Hounslow Highways service director, added: “We hope that the improved street scene will contribute to a stronger sense of pride in the area, as well as provide a more attractive town centre for people to shop, eat and relax in. The ongoing investment across the whole borough through the highways private finance initiative is also of great importance to the long-term economic improvement and regeneration of Hounslow. The investment programme will reach the mid-point during 2015 and we will see many of the transport routes in the area vastly improved and the general street scene enhanced.”