Hackbridge town centre transformation

A new local centre for Hackbridge in the London Borough of Sutton.

Dominated by the busy London to Brighton Road, fast traffic through Hackbridge compromised safety, environmental and economic well being. This ambitious but low budget Mayor’s Outer London Fund project aimed to create an exemplar sustainable suburb. 

With Civic Engineers, A&S developed a shared surface strategy; a step-change in the whole environment, rather than costly traffic controls, to change driver behaviour and increase pedestrian territory. Traffic ‘smoothing’, kerb re-alignments, off-street parking, combine to achieve increased footways and space for seating, markets, cycle parking, tree planting and rain gardens

15 shop-front enhancements, a new town sign and pocket park, contribute to a revitalised local identity. 


We are delighted that the pocket park has made such a difference to the area, and that it has transformed the site into somewhere people of all ages can come and relax and enjoy.

Cllr Jean Crosby, Chair, St Helier, Wrythe & Wandle Valley Local Committee, Sutton Council

The design solutions really did exceed expectations. Within the confines of an extremely constrained budget, the resulting scheme is excellent. Hackbridge now has a very clear identity and there is a sense of place. The resulting spaces are a joy to linger in.

Sally Blomfield, Regeneration Manager, London Borough of Sutton

Working with Adams & Sutherland was a real pleasure. They committed
to the project 100%, establishing a framework that not only delivered on the brief but created opportunities to expand the scope and impact of the project. Perhaps most importantly, they worked intelligently with a complex client and stakeholder group, deploying a powerful mix of flexibility and tenacity to maximise the impact of the project.

Louise Duggan, GLA Regeneration Officer

Awards & Publications

  1. Shortlisted: Building Design Public Realm / Masterplan Architect of the Year
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  1. Client: London Borough of Sutton
  2. Related projects: Hackney Shopfronts, Great Suffolk Street