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 has been shortlisted for Transport Supplier of the Year at next year’s London Transport Awards, in recognition of our contribution to transport infrastructure design across London. The awards are supported by Transport for London, London Councils and London Travel Watch and recognise excellence in transport and reward innovation and progress for transport initiatives which are really working in London. The award ceremony will take place at the Lancaster London on 3rd March 2016.
Speaking of the shortlist announcement, Keith Hanshaw, our Managing Director, said, ‘Obviously we are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award and look forward to next year’s ceremony with fingers crossed! But what is also really exciting is that a number of our customers have also been shortlisted in other categories. Waltham Forest, Ealing and Newham have been shortlisted for the ‘Transport Borough for the Year’ and ‘Excellence in Cycling and Walking’ categories. This in itself is a testimony to the contribution Project Centre has made in this field and we wish our customers success at the awards in March.’