Hyde Park Corner

InterContinental Park Lane
A proposed new restaurant terrace and public realm improvements at London's Hyde Park Corner.

The site sits on the northeastern side of Hyde Park Corner, bordered by the busy vehicular routes of Park Lane and Piccadilly. The tight urban site posed a set of challenging conditions with regards to the existing mature trees, underground network of utilities and services, along with planning constraints of townscape views and heritage and the required flexibility for large crowds existing Hyde Park during summer events.

The response was to provide a ‘light touch’ design that worked amongst the existing tree roots to increase biodiversity, restore pedestrian priority and propose a ‘rain garden’ to create a Sustainable Urban Drainage System. New proposed paving, furniture and finishes are based within the City of Westminster design code, with bespoke touches to uplift the public realm offer.
The project proposed a new restaurant and dining terrace for the adjacent InterContinental Park Lane hotel as part of the new garden square, which creates a new active edge to the space, and increased passive surveillance. The new garden edge to Hyde Park Corner also helps to mitigate air pollution, improving biodiversity and providing a green outlook from the hotel.

InterContinental London Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, London




0.2 Hectares


Concept to Developed Design, Planning Approval


ReardonSmith Architects