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Sutherland Avenue

Section showing typical arrangement of on-street, in-line parking with a central reservation within the scheme.


Location: London, W9 2HQ

Built: 1887

Designer: Unknown

Type: city centre

Density: 250 homes per hectare

Parking ratio: 95%

A classic 19th century boulevard in West London wide enough for car parking parallel to both pavement and a central reservation which divides the two carriageways into one-way traffic either side. Spaces are controlled but unallocated, maximising parking efficiency for residents.

Maida Vale dates from the early days of English canal mania; records suggest that main roads in the area were lined with houses by 1828, and more fully developed following the opening of Paddington Station in 1854. The present day Sutherland Avenue was formed as an amalgamation of Sutherland Gardens and Stranraer Gardens, and built from about 1887. The terraces of high-density, purpose-built apartment blocks are constructed in red brick with white stone dressings (sometimes referred to as 'blood and bandages'), and front onto a wide tree-lined boulevard.

Down the length of Sutherland Avenue is almost uninterrupted on-street, in-line parking in unallocated residents' bays; in the centre of the road is a narrow reservation along which cars are also parked. The mature trees are exceptionally tall and, when in leaf, form a dense screen between the building facades and cars. Parking is limited to residents only, although visitors may use the bays in the evenings and at certain times during the weekend.

The development comprises 2, 3 and 4 bed flats in 5-storey terraces.

Road proportions mean cars driving along carriage do not come close to doors of those parked up.


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Plan showing location of the case study within the wider development.


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One way lets drivers park safely to left or right.

Proceed with Caution! - Central reservation means some drivers must cross highway to access homes, while unallocated bays mean that residents sometimes park at a distance from home.

Green Light! - Good visual connection between homes and parking, whilst maturity of trees offers privacy to homes and softens bulk of vehicles. The high provision of bays is not visually apparent, and the movement between cars and front doors creates active streets.


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Space submitted by Sam Brown

17 October 2013