As part of Waltham Forest’s Better High Streets regeneration agenda, Project Centre were commissioned to design a significant piece of public realm in the centre of Walthamstow which created a strong bias towards pedestrians and cyclists.
Project Centre, has been appointed by Brighton & Hove City Council to lead on the technical design of Brighton’s Valley Gardens.
The main objective is to realise Valley Gardens as a space that people can enjoy, as opposed to just being an area to travel through. Design work is scheduled to start this month.
Valley Gardens, made up of a series of green spaces running down to Brighton’s heavily visited seafront, is also home to many of Brighton’s most attractive and important buildings, including the Royal Pavilion, and St Peter’s Church.
Proposed designs will see general traffic restricted to the eastern side of the central junction, while the western side will be used by buses and taxis. There would also be an improved network of cycle lanes and pedestrian routes.
The design includes significant tree planting, increased green space, revitalizing the gardens and improving the flow of pedestrians and cyclists. The overall objective is to remove a perceived barrier between the east and west of the city.
The appointment includes initial technical design of the highways, but may also include site supervision and project management of contractors on-site. Works are scheduled to complete in March 2018.
The project will run predominantly from Project Centre’s Brighton office. Kevin Donnelly, Project Centre’s Regional Director who will oversee the project, said: “We are really looking forward to getting started on this project to help residents, workers, visitors to Brighton enjoy the Valley Gardens space as well as to improve the flow of movement of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.”
With the mini-Holland programme now in its third year and many schemes and interventions now delivered on site, we took the opportunity to showcase our work and that of our client (Waltham Forest) with other key clients across London. We took officers from RBKC and LBHF, by bicycle, to see examples of cycle infrastructure design examples post implementation for the purpose of discussing best practice and influences within the cycle and traffic design profession.
This was a great opportunity to share best practice and networking between council officers and Project Centre both in terms of design and management of the design and stakeholder engagement practice. It also served as a training and workshop opportunity for staff to discuss cycle infrastructure design. Application of LCDS and Mayors Vision for Cycling..
Proposed interventions and route
Starting at 2pm we met with staff from Brompton Bikes who gave delegates an overview of the bike sharing scheme and we picked up bikes at the docking stations at Walthamstow Central.
We then cycled to Ruckholt Road, a completed scheme that has semi segregated lanes by two types, new soon to be DfT approved cycle and pedestrian crossings, and a floating bus stop.
We then headed on towards Lea Bridge Road, where works have also started to discuss the approach we took to modelling and working with TfL on progressing detailed designs. We then moved on to the village areas, which can show the pocket parks, Orford Road closure, and the modal filters which have helped transform the cycling environment. The visit finished at a local café to discuss with Waltham Forest staff, the challenges and process they went through in this step-change project.
The visit was a great success with staff from RBKC and LBHF taking inspiration and ideas from the site visit that can be applied across their own borough programme of cycle scheme designs.