PBA was commissioned in 2012 by British Land and the Universities Superannuation Scheme, to provide multidisciplinary services for the £400m redevelopment of Eden Walk Shopping Centre in Kingston upon Thames.
The Eden Walk Shopping Centre is set to be regenerated to update the retail and leisure offer and to introduce some further city living. The scheme has been now being passed by the Mayor of London with no changes.
The proposals include 380 homes and 37,511 m² of commercial space, including a new shopping centre, cinema and office space. The proposals provide much improved public car parking and urban realm within and around the site, including the remodelling of the gardens surrounding the Grade II listed War Memorial that lies next to the site.
The site is in a constrained location in the heart of the town centre, therefore improvement access and movement was a key component of PBA's work. This included design input of the shopping centre walkways and surrounding urban realm to maximise the site’s permeability and the quality of the pedestrian environment.
Critically, PBA worked with Transport for London to ensure that the proposals did not impact on bus operations along Eden Street – carrying over 90 buses an hour at peak times – whilst improving the public realm.