King Street Bristol Pedestrianisation Landscape, Urban England shared space

King Street Pedestrianisation Bristol

27 June 2020

King Street Pedestrianisation Bristol landscape

Design: LDA Design

Bristol’s historic King Street to be transformed

One of Bristol’s most iconic streets is set for transformation on 4 July, after a successful campaign for pedestrianisation.
From 4 July, historic King Street will be free from motor vehicles along its entire length, creating a new open space and place to socialise in the heart of the city.

The temporary removal of traffic enables far more outside seating for bars and cafés, to give them the chance to recover their losses following the C-19 pandemic. Temporarily pedestrianising the street also provides a large flexible new space outside the Bristol Old Vic theatre for outdoor performances.

King Street Bristol Pedestrianisation

LDA Design helped local traders to reimagine the 17th century street as a place for socially distanced eating, drinking and performance. Clare Wilks of LDA Design comments, “Permission for temporary closure was secured within days – this was fast, thoughtful work by Bristol City Council. The move fits with a wider strategy to pedestrianise the old streets of the city centre, making Bristol a safer and healthier place for residents, workers and visitors and making it far easier and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists to get around. For King Street, we are using attractive timber cones initially to define the space, and planters and other features will be designed once we can see how the street is being used. Parking for people with disabilities will be provided at the top and bottom of King Street.”

Local traders campaigning for pedestrianisation argued that reopening on 4 July with social distancing measures in place would not be economically feasible if King Street remained trafficked. Small Bar owner Bruce Gray comments, “The police, councillors, the City Centre Business Improvement District and LDA Design all put their weight behind the plan. We are confident that King Street will now attract and safely host enough customers to make the difference between bars and cafés operating at a loss this summer or breaking even.”

The initiative has been led by the newly formed King Street Collective which represents all stakeholders who are reimagining the area. Paula Ratcliffe, Business Liaison Manager with the city centre’s Business Improvement District, comments: “Everyone has worked hard to arrive at this plan and the vision and attention to detail will ensure that the area is a great place to be.”
While the urgency of the plan is driven by helping businesses post the pandemic, the King Street Collective hope that the street will remain pedestrianised on a permanent basis. Spaces along the street can then be clearly defined, using high quality materials which respect its historic character. The short length of King Street which leads to the waterfront has been successfully pedestrianised for some time.

King Street Bristol Pedestrianisation landscape images / information from LDA Design

LDA Design

Location: Bristol, south west England, UK

Bristol Architecture

Bristol Architecture Design – chronological list

Bristol Architecture News

Bristol’s YTL Arena
Design: Populous, architects with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
Bristol Arena Building Design
image courtesy of architects studios
Bristol Arena Competition

New University of Bristol library
Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects & Hawkins\Brown
New University of Bristol Library building design
image courtesy of Hawkins\Brown & Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
New University of Bristol Library Building

Bristol Life Sciences Building
Design: Sheppard Robson Architects
Bristol Life Sciences
image from architects office
Bristol Life Sciences Building

Chocolate Factory Mixed-Use Building
Architects: BuckleyGrayYeoman
Chocolate Factory Mixed-Use Building Bristol Architecture News
photo © Peter Landers
Chocolate Factory Mixed-Use Building in Bristol Building

Bristol University Building

Bristol Architects

Comments / photos for the King Street Bristol Pedestrianisation landscape by LDA Design – page welcome