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 and 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.”
Already working in partnership with a large number of local authorities, Project Centre has now added Newham Council to its client portfolio. The appointment represents a major success for Project Centre as it is a single source framework for an initial 4 years with options for a further 4 year extension.
Project Centre has been appointed for Lot 3 - Professional Highways Services which covers the full range of engineering disciplines typically required by a London Borough Highway Authority.
The scope of services delivered will be a combination of:
• Advice, surveys, inspection and assessment;
• Design and delivery of schemes;
• The secondment of specific consultancy staff to work with Council staff on specific projects
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games put Newham and East London in the international spotlight, helping to propel change and placing Newham to accommodate much of London's eastwards growth in the 21st century.
By 2025 it is envisaged that a minimum of £22 billion will have been invested in the area, creating over 35,000 new homes and 100,000 new jobs. Ambitious and impressive projects already completed or underway demonstrate the existing commitment from global investors making their mark in Newham and Project Centre are delighted to have the opportunity to be part that.
The Framework contract is due to start on 1 October 2015 and will be delivered from Project Centre’s existing London offices.