The shopping parade will be re-paved, with new street furniture and trees, while replacing lamposts with lighting on the buildings. The £2.75 million project designed by David Kohn Architects will also create two new event spaces – one at the west end of the street, by Bell Corner, and the other outside Holy Trinity Church.
Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow’s cabinet member for regeneration, told the Chronicle: “The renewal of Hounslow High Street marks the start of an era of opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, residents and visitors to Hounslow.
“It’s about creating an environment which will boost shops and businesses and make the town centre a place where people want to be and somewhere we are all proud of.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “It’s great to see these exciting plans to revamp Hounslow’s high street are progressing well. These improvements are set to support local jobs and businesses by providing a revitalised environment. It is a key priority of mine to help London’s high streets and town centres such as Hounslow’s, recognising the vital role they play in supporting local jobs and businesses.”
The renewal of the High Street aims to transform the street environment, attract further investment and boost the local economy.
The construction programme, which will be carried out by Hounslow Highway, is made up of two phases. Phase 1 – Bell Square – is the pedestrianised square between the bend of the Staines Road carriageway to the west and Bell Road to the east. Work in this area is due to commence at the start of October 2013 and complete by Christmas.
Phase 2 – the rest of the pedestrianised part of the High Street – is due to start in the new year.