Maidstone High Street

Public realm

Client:

Maidstone Borough Council

Location:

Maidstone, Kent

Category

Competition entry

Our approach to this interesting competition was designed to be respectful and sympathetic to the rich heritage of Maidstone. We proposed a limited palette of traditional, natural materials used in a subtly dynamic way to create a vibrant and inviting floorscape with a contemporary twist, deliberately avoiding certain ubiquitous trends.

Broad, unifying areas of buff coloured Yorkstone paving were proposed for the main pedestrian surfacing, with locally sourced Kent ragstone employed as the aggregate within the main areas of vehicular surfacing. In addition, bands of contrasting darker sandstone paving were suggested to create visual links between significant historic buildings. Carving and lettering within the paving bands made reference to the adjacent architecture or historic trade linked to each site.

We also proposed significant new public art / sculpture installations, including a ‘river’ of light, threading through the main pedestrian area, linking the high street to the river.

Key inputs:

  • Urban design
  • Masterplanning
  • Hard landscape design