The Right Way to do Street Improvements

A major component in the success of this scheme is the use of well selected, high quality granite paving

Watford High Street is a very good example of how a well designed and executed town centre improvement scheme can create a well functioning public open space and encourage retail vibrancy. The main open space areas of granite paving combine buff tones which creates warmth and a welcoming visual experience. Contrasting blue/grey granite sett paving and raised areas, combined with a contemporary take on the village pond, add points of interest and variety. A central raised bandstand adds a focal point from which street activities can concentrate and radiate. Additional tree planting, combined with the existing mature trees of the old high street help to soften and improve the appearance of the existing building stock, whilst at the same time provide vital ‘human scale’ canopy shelter for pedestrians.