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.”
NSL, one of the country’s leading outsource service providers, has confirmed the appointment of Chris Harrison as Associate Director of the group’s specialist design and public realm consultancy, Project Centre Ltd. He joins the expanding consultancy as its annual revenue tops £8m, having experienced growth well in excess of 50% over the past three years.
Formerly Traffic Manager with the London Borough of Waltham Forest led on the highly successful £27million Mini Holland Programme to encourage and support cycling and walking within the borough. He also played an instrumental role in the development and implementation of the borough’s movement and parking strategy for London 2012 Olympic Games and was the boroughs traffic management lead for Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour de France.
Chris has over 12 years’ experience in project management, transport planning, road safety engineering and safety auditing across both the public and private sector and has worked regularly in close partnership with Transport for London. An accomplished public speaker, he has given presentations at a wide range of conferences as well as local and national cycling events and the first Streets for Play Conference.
“We’re delighted that Chris is joining the team as his knowledge and experience of policy, funding and stakeholder engagement will be invaluable as we look to build on the consultancy’s success over the past three years,” says Project Centre’s Managing Director, Keith Hanshaw. “The range of highly successful projects and recent programmes for which Chris has been responsible provide emphatic evidence of the opportunities and potential for improving accessibility, inclusion and well-being of local communities – all qualities that lie at the heart of Project Centre’s philosophy.”