South Kensington From Above

2012 Map of Dixon Jones scheme

2005 plan of proposed scheme for Exhibition Road in 2012

Scheme by Dixon Jones
Copyright: Crown Copyright. All rights reserved Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Licence number 100021668 (2005)

This map of the area, which is based on an Ordnance Survey map, shows the changes to the area being implemented by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in partnership with the City of Westminster and the Mayor of London. Following an international competition in 2003 the award winning architectural firm Dixon Jones was selected to redesign the streetscape of Exhibition Road.

Improvements to Exhibition Road

With 11 million visitors each year Exhibition Road can become extremely overcrowded and the current street layout is inefficient.

To improve access:

  • Parking and traffic flow will be slightly rearranged.
  • The road will be completely resurfaced in a distinctive diagonal pattern (visible on the map).
  • Pedestrian areas will be significantly enlarged and the roadway will be kerb-less to encourage more careful, slower traffic.
  • Improved pedestrian crossings are being put in place to enhance links at Cromwell Road in the south, to the Underground station; and at Kensington Gore in the north end to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

Since the area is split over two borough councils, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of Westminster, both organisations have been working in partnership with the Mayor of London to develop and fund the project.

Dixon Jones

Dixon Jones is known for its arts and civic projects, combining new and renovation work. Past projects include:

  • Royal Opera House in Covent Garden
  • National Portrait Gallery and the East Wing of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square
  • Somerset House courtyard

Current projects include:

  • Masterplan for Chelsea Barracks
  • Redevelopment of the Regent Palace Hotel in Piccadilly Circus


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