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.
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.
‘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
Even their Lordships are, quite literally, getting in on the debate
John Dales finds a source of inspiration and realism just right for these times of austerity
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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