Maidstone High Street

Designed by Letts Wheeler Architects; Maidstone High Street is sited in front of the Town Hall, the new Jubilee Square (opened June 2012) provides a focal point for the town.

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The space now hosts regular markets and small-scale, live music events, whilst providing an attractive year-round space in which people can sit and relax.

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The central aim throughout the project has been to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and reduce the impact of vehicles, whilst retaining a rationalised bus network along the street. The project has also been successful in stimulating a retail resurgence, with many more shops and businesses opening in previously vacant units.

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Granite paving is used throughout the scheme, which incorporates a banding pattern reflective of the historic grain of the street, recalling the original burgage plots, and echoing the former lives and uses linked to this historic route into Maidstone.

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The project was won through an open design competition, along with engineers Stockley, lighting consultants Sutton Vane, and local artist Christopher Tipping.

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Total Cost £3.1M
Phased Completion 2012 / 2013

 

text&images: Letts Wheeler Architects

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