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Theresa Trussel: outcomes and lessons from Ashford's shared space scheme

Theresa Trussell, Kent County Council
21 minutes
Theresa Trussell of Kent County Council outlines the outcomes delivered by the on Ashford Ring Road Project, the UK’s first major 'shared space' scheme, to date.

RUDI and Local Transport Today, in partnership with Whitelaw Turkington (the lead consultant on the Ashford shared space project), invited practitioners to work together for one day and explore the design and development of integrated street schemes and the application of the ‘shared space’ concept.

Good urban design: never more important

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives.

‘Added value’ is not just doing more for the same money, sometimes, spending a little more on top of the initial assumed budget will achieve additional positive outcomes out of proportion to the extra spend

Shared space: a proper Peer review

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives.

Even their Lordships are, quite literally, getting in on the debate

Why no city needs a big transport project

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives.

For the past few years it’s been my privilege to be an advisor to the City of Edinburgh Council, part of the joy of the role being the need to make regular visits to one of my favourite cities. My involvement began with a weekend-long workshop focused on the urban design aspects of the Edinburgh tram project. To cut a long story short, although this project was already fully up and running – with funding, contractors, a delivery programme and of course penalty clauses in place – some council officers, along with the city’s design champion, had recognised that the range of influences on its design had been too narrow. The workshop was an attempt to begin the process of retro-fitting other design considerations into the project.

Better streets – best value

By John Dales

John Dales is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s enabling panel and is also the independent design advisor on streets to the city of Edinburgh Council. He is director of transport and movement at urban design consultant Urban Initiatives.

John Dales finds a source of inspiration and realism just right for these times of austerity

Defining a new place

Liverpool One, a £1 billion pound retail-led investment, has transformed and re-activated the heart of the city, says Jamie Scott
The major Liverpool One project, initiated by Liverpool City Council in 1999, was completed by developer Grosvenor in 2008. In terms of creating much more than a shopping centre, driving growth and boosting economic viability, Liverpool One has fulfilled client expectations.

Managing activities, harnessing opportunities

There is a range of interventions that can enhance and animate urban spaces and places, from energizing commercial activity and encouraging new forms of retail to promoting specific events and themed activity in the quest to make places distinctive and engaging. Tom Evans and Peter Stonham look at the response of urban centres to recent challenges
Once upon a time high streets, public squares and other parts of the public environment seemed to almost manage themselves. Traditional activity in a town centre - movement, exchange of goods and diversions, such as street entertainment - just happened. Then came a much more structured regime of traffic and highway management, purpose designed shopping centres in the town centre, followed by competitive brand new environments created out of town.

Giving places an identity check

By Tom Evans

A key element in achieving distinctiveness and citizen engagement with individual areas is to give them a clear sense of identity, and to help in the interpretation and understanding of all of that is around Tom Evans explores the identity of places

As areas of our towns and cities become increasingly similar, with chain shops and identikit architecture prominent on many urban streets, there is growing recognition that places which retain character and local identity are developing a competitive advantage. They score in terms of visitor economy success and, as desirable places to live, work and spend leisure time in. This has led to the emergence of new disciplines around defining and managing the identity of place, and new thinking about initiatives to improve the appeal of urban areas.

A space filled with possibilities

Melbourne’s ‘Fed Square’ is the city meeting place and a creative partner in its community and cultural life. It offers something for everyone – permanent exhibitions, screen content, places to meet, eat and drink and activities that touch the mind and soul
Melbourne’s ‘Fed Square’ is the city meeting place and a creative partner in its community and cultural life. It offers something for everyone – permanent exhibitions, screen content, places to meet, eat and drink and activities that touch the mind and soul

A model for better places?

By By Peter Williams and Giles Semper

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) offer models for better place management, design quality and sustainability in the face of increased pressure for development to deliver outputs as cost effectively as possible. By Peter Williams and Giles Semper