Station Road is a busy thoroughfare in Harrow. At it’s heart are two parades of shops served by slip roads dominated by parked cars. Harrow council asked our team, lead by the architect Mark Smith, to look at how these spaces work for the community and improve them as public spaces. It soon became clear that the first step was to pedestrians the parades. The standard way to do this would have been to use paving slabs throughout, however, as the project budget was very limited this would have left little money for trees, furniture and anything else that could have contributed to the space. So we took a more cost effective approach. We blocked off the parades and leveled them out with asphalt to improve accessibility.
Another issue that arose was that the addresses of businesses were getting confused as many addresses related to the name of the parade that they were on but there was no signage to identify these parades. So using the language and techniques of road markings we designed these parade signs on the asphalt. We couldn’t have pulled this off without the experience and skill of Roy and Dave who painted the road markings on site.