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.”
Project Centre and VolkerHighways collaborate on new Medway Council deal
VolkerHighways selected Project Centre to support them in the successful award of the new highways maintenance contract with Medway Council, worth approximately £9 million a year. The new contract will begin on 1 August 2017 and run for five years, with possible extensions of up to five further years.
The new contract comprises both planned and responsive maintenance, including carriageway and footway resurfacing, winter maintenance, drainage cleansing and road markings, as well as professional services. The contract will also include work on Medway’s street lighting as well as capital schemes to improve and enhance the council’s existing network.
Project Centre already have a strong track record in Medway and are currently designing and delivering major projects including Strood Town Centre and Chatham Placemaking.
Keith Hanshaw, managing director of Project Centre said: “We are delighted to have teamed with VolkerHighways to secure this contract which continues our relationship with Medway Council, and also marks the beginning of a partnership with VolkerHighways.”
Alistair Thompson, managing director of VolkerHighways said: “VolkerHighways is delighted to have secured this new contract which will strengthen the current relationship we have with Project Centre. We look forward to our respective teams working together in close collaboration on this contract for the next five years.”