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.
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.
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.
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.
The project was won through an open design competition, along with engineers Stockley, lighting consultants Sutton Vane, and local artist Christopher Tipping.
Total Cost £3.1M
Phased Completion 2012 / 2013
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