Upper Henley Street, Stratford Upon Avon

Client: Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council

Project Description

Public realm improvement project for street in Stratford-on-Avon on which Shakespeare’s birthplace is located. The proposed design has repaving, installation of contemporary but ‘design neutral’ street lighting, new street furniture and the installation of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM).

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The HVM bollards were carefully selected to ensure they blended in well to a street that contains a wide range of architectural styles and building materials. Paving materials and patterns were used to define particular spaces and uses whilst ensuring that the palette still read a unified whole. The inclusion of buff blocks in the central ‘carriageway’ picks up the colour of the birthplace plaster and ensures the street retains some visual interest when empty, especially during the duller winter months. The number of new trees was constrained by the presence of a large number of existing services along with the need to retain unobscured ‘photographic’ sightlines in the vicinity of the birthplace. Care was taken to retain all the existing trees, which involved localised raising of the new paving to avoid any damage to their roots. Both the new and existing trees are underlit with blue light, something which along with floodlighting of the birthplace frontage and statue makes the street a more attractive night-time destination and hence a safer space for all.