Walthamstow Towncentre - A shared High Street

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.

Valley Gardens

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.”

Nick Ruxton-Boyle Joins Project Centre

Project Centre has appointed Nick Ruxton-Boyle as Technical Director for Transport. Nick is a transport planner with 17 years experience and for the last two years was head of transport at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Nick has led the technical teams on some of the largest opportunity area regeneration projects in the UK, Including Old Oak and Park Royal, White City and Earls Court. Nick has extensive experience in the planning and design of highways and transport infrastructure and raised the profile of strategic road tunnelling though his work on the Hammersmith Flyunder.

“I am passionate about transport planning and the role it plays across society, the economy and the environment. I am looking forward to re-shaping the project centre transport planning offer around the award winning design work already delivered by project centre. I will be working with our existing and new clients across both the private and public sector to provide them with a wide range of integrated and innovative transport services.”

Nick was one of the first practitioners to receive the transport planning professional qualification and is an active member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport. Currently chair of the London region he is interested in developing the next generation of transport planners. Nick lectures across the industry and mentors candidates through their professional qualification journey. Nick is also chair of the editorial board for transport professional magazine and on the board of directors of the transport planning society.

During 2012 Nick took a step away from transport planning to programme manage the Olympic adventure in the Hammersmith and Fulham, and during the Paralympics worked as a Gamesmaker in the transport team in the Athletes Village.