It was an honour to be commissioned as lead consultant for the refurbishment of Kensington Palace Gardens Estate, an 800m-long private driveway leading to 35 embassies and ambassadorial residencies. A high priority for the project was avoiding a diplomatic event while the estate improvement works were carried out.
The £4m project included repair and improvement of entrances; reinstatement of the Listed South Gates, upgrading of footpaths and the introduction of new arrangements to control access and parking and a landscape strategy for the historic London Plane tree avenue involving the planting of 26 new semi-mature trees.
A lengthy consultation process on the proposals was undertaken with English Heritage, The Royal Fine Arts Commission, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Victorian Society, The Kensington Society, The Royal Household, Metropolitan Police, the Diplomatic Protection Group and the Royal Parks Agency. Once completed the refurbishment was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester. The completed scheme won the annual Landscape Institute Heritage Award.