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Exhibition Road London

South Kensington Public Realm + Landscape Development design by Dixon Jones, England

30 Jun 2012

Exhibition Road London

Location: London SW7, UK

Design: Dixon Jones

Exhibition Road Project London Redevelopment
photograph : Paul Riddle

RIBA Awards 2012 Citation:

Exhibition Road Development

Dixon Jones won the design competition to integrate vehicle and foot traffic and provide an attractive pedestrian environment without unduly compromising the road’s role as a key transport link. Their proposal employed a grand diagonal pattern in the paving which acknowledges the scale and grandeur of the street.

Exhibition Road Project London South Kensington
photo : Paul Riddle

As a result of long consultation with disability groups, colour, texture and scale are utilised to inform users of the extent and margins of the four metre wide ‘safe areas’ with continuous strips of ‘corduroy’ paving and drainage grilles contrasting with the background grey and diagonal pink granite setts. Street clutter has been reduced to a minimum.

This project serves as an important exemplar for what can be achieved in making cities more liveable.

Exhibition Road design Exhibition Road London
photos : Olivia Woodhouse

RIBA Awards winner, 2012

Exhibition Road – Landscape Information

Title: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7
Architect: Dixon Jones
Client: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Structural Engineering: Arup
Gross Internal Area: N/A
Contract Value: £25 million
Cost per Sqm: N/A
Occupation Date: Dec 2011

Jury Chair: Denise Bennetts, Bennetts Associates
Regional Representative: Joe Morris, Duggan Morris Architects
Lay Assessor: Richard Simmons, University of Greenwich and formally CABE

Exhibition Road images / information from RIBA

Exhibition Road Project

Work Begins to Transform Exhibition Road for 2012

Council embarks on improving streetscape of London’s cultural heartland

11 February 2010 – The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, along with project partners Westminster City Council and TfL, today launched the start of streetscape work to transform Exhibition Road in time for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Exhibition Road Design Exhibition Road Proposal

With London visitor numbers set to soar in 2012, millions will visit Exhibition Road to take advantage of the free cultural activities at institutions including The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and V&A. The Exhibition Road project will reduce traffic congestion and provide visitors and residents with more pedestrian space and better access to enjoy the museums – see

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “Every year millions of Londoners and visitors to this great city are drawn to the cornucopia of culture offered on Exhibition Road. The work that begins today will make this incredible part of the capital a space that truly emphasises the world class institutions based there.”

Cllr Merrick Cockell, Leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: “More people visit Exhibition Road each year than Venice. With the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in 2012, visitor numbers will rise beyond the current 11.5 million a year. Residents, visitors and tourists will agree that the current design of Exhibition Road, with its narrow pavements and heavy traffic is unattractive, and at times, unsafe. We are working with our partners to create a destination that is not only reflective of the iconic institutions Exhibition Road is home to, but one that is accessible and safe for all.”

The visionary project will deliver a striking single surface made up of the finest quality granite spanning the entire length of the road. Upon completion, pedestrian space will be doubled, with visual and tactile delineators installed to help people distinguish between the ‘safe zone’ and 20mph ‘traffic zone’

Cllr Colin Barrow, Leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Exhibition Road is the gateway to some of London’s finest museums and the renewal of this area in time for the 2012 Olympics will be a huge boost to London’s cultural offer for residents and visitors alike.

“Today marks the start of a scheme, which when delivered, will complement the major improvements we are already investing in across the West End from the diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus to the revamp of Marble Arch.”

In advance of the streetscape work, the Council implemented a number of traffic management improvements around the station last year, including unravelling the outdated one-way traffic system and creating a spacious pedestrian area for people using South Kensington Station.

For more information about the project or to register for regular updates, please visit the website at

About London’s Great Outdoors

– The Mayor of London’s manifesto ‘London’s Great Outdoors’ details the Mayor’s vision and objectives to transform the every day experience of London’s outdoors. It is supported by two practical guides, ‘Better Streets’ and ‘Better Green and Water Spaces’. Together they set out the Mayor of London’s vision for improving public spaces in London. This will ensure that our streets, squares, parks and green and water spaces are fit for a great world city, are enjoyed by everyone who visits them and most importantly, help improve the quality of life in the capital.

– They are accompanied by an implementation plan that will see £220 million invested in over 50 public realm improvement projects over the next three years, funding for which comes from Transport for London, The London Development Agency and London’s boroughs as well as other sources. The measures include redesigned streets, which can be shared by both the pedestrians and vehicles and reclaimed derelict green spaces and underused waterways.

– The manifesto and guides have been written and produced by the Greater London Authority, London Development Agency, Design for London and Transport for London. For further information please go to

3 Jun 2009

Transforming Exhibition Road


Exhibition Road is home to an extraordinary group of world-class institutions that share a unique cultural history. The present street layout is inefficient and the pavements are too narrow to handle the millions of people who visit annually. The Councils of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster, in partnership with the Mayor of London, are developing and funding the Exhibition Road Project.

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In February 2009, work started on unravelling the one-way traffic system around South Kensington Station, marking the first step in an ambitious project to create a visionary design that by early 2012 will transform the historic Exhibition Road area into a spectacular outdoor space for all to enjoy. The Dixon Jones design will remove kerbs, barriers and street clutter along Exhibition Road to create a spectacular single surface spanning from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park. The new design will provide larger pedestrian areas, reduce the speed and volume of traffic, and unite the area’s world-leading museums and arts venues to create a stunning cultural destination on a par with the best in the World.

Exhibition Road images / information from Dixon Jones

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Location: Science Museum, London, England, UK

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Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
photos © Nick Weall

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
picture © Adrian Welch

Darwin Centre Phase Two
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Darwin Centre London
photograph : Torben Eskerod

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Museum of the Future Building
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Victoria & Albert Museum Jewellery Gallery

Imperial College Building, Exhibition Road


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