Transforming the High Street
A new public space has been created on the High Street as part of a 12-month pilot to improve footfall across the town centre and boost the evening and night-time economy.
The section between Park Street and Katharine Street that has been closed to all vehicles and the introduction of colourful ground art and public seating have made the area more attractive. Over the summer, the new space hosted Street Live - a programme of free music, dance and theatre – as well as the popular Wimbledon screenings. The High Street was also turned into a play street.
In order to close the road to all vehicles bus routes were altered to go through Katherine Street and St George's Walk and the taxi rank on was relocated a short distance to Park Street. The project is part of Croydon’s Growth Zone, a £525m programme of works being delivered by the council in partnership with Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.
A new, modern seating structure was the first in a series of exciting works to turn the area into a space for people instead of vehicles.
Two new pieces of ground art have been installed at the junctions of High Street and Park Street and High Street and Katherine Street, framing both ends of the pedestrianised area.
Designed by local artist and Croydon School of Art graduate Adam Halliday, the artwork uses bold and distinctive imagery to highlight and celebrate features of the borough’s unique skyline.
Lighting trail – St George’s Walk and High Street
An interactive sensory lighting trail is set to be suspended above High Street and St George’s Walk in the coming weeks. Designed by artist collective, Universal Assembly Unit (UAU) the lights will respond to movement underneath it and enable better wayfinding to businesses and the town centre.
Artist’s impression of St George’s Walk
These projects are part of a £500m investment supported by a partnership between the council, central Government, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to regenerate our growing town centre, ensuring it continues to be a place where people what to live, work and enjoy.
For more details on the bus changes please see TfL’s web page.
For further information on Croydon High Street improvements works, contact: Paul Forrester, programme manager email@example.com.