Place shaping in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

This project has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to investigate the future of the borough’s high streets in light of the pandemic.

High streets are at the heart of local communities – 70 per cent of residents in Kensington and Chelsea live within 200 metres of a high street – and for many people their importance has increased through the pandemic as we have been staying local more. New licenses for al fresco dining, and changes to make walking and cycling easier have had a significant impact on high streets around London.

This research, commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will examine the effects of temporary pandemic-era interventions into place shaping on the borough’s residents and businesses and, in partnership with local people, propose a longer-term plan for the borough.

Using London, UK, and international case studies, a literature review, and the results of Kensington and Chelsea’s consultation with their residents, we will be exploring ways that the borough can develop as a place to live, work and visit. We will be looking into ways that different local high streets can thrive, including extending al fresco dining and making areas greener, and into the ways that street space is used for different types of transport.

Read the phase one report


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