Mare Street road improvements (Commended)
This kind of work is difficult and unglamorous but, as this scheme demonstrates, it can make a huge difference to the quality of a place. It has transformed an area where the streets felt cluttered and hazardous into one that feels spacious, calm and civilised. The removal of the pedestrian traffic barriers in particular has not only made the area feel less dangerous, but in its first year has reduced the number of accidents. It is a truly commendable scheme.
Address: Mare Street, London E8 4RX
Architect: London Borough of Hackney
Contractor: Volker Highways
Client: London Borough of Hackney
About the project
This scheme centred on major street improvements to the stretch of Mare Street between Amhurst Road and Brenthouse Road. It involved the removal of guard rails along the length of the street, footway widening and enhancement, planting of grand street trees and the improvement of the crossing at Morning Lane from a staggered crossing to a direct crossing. Street lighting was also upgraded to be energy efficient and street furniture rationalised to ensure consistency.
The re-design benefits pedestrians, cyclists, and improves road safety and the overall legibility and appearance of the street.
Page updated: 29 Nov 2010