Archive of September 2010 - Transforming Cities

Renaissance in Birmingham city centre

on September 28th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

The Birmingham City Centre Design Strategy provided a vision for the interconnected streets and squares which have become major destinations. Now the Big City Plan provides the vision for the growth of the city centre. The challenge is to deliver regeneration in partnership with local people, so communities are empowered to make a difference to their own lives and neighbourhoods.

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Transforming Derby’s City Centre

on September 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | 1 Comment

The Derby Cityscape masterplan spearheaded the £2 billion regeneration of Derby’s City Centre. During the lifetime of Derby Cityscape, Derby became the UK’s fastest growing city by GVA. Derby has undergone a transformation the like of which hadn’t been seen since the Victorian period.

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Kensington High Street Revamped

on September 26th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | 1 Comment

A guiding principle for the revamp of Kensington High Street has been ‘less is more’. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea uses the following statement from William Morris to underpin its philosophical approach: ‘Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. The Council insists that everything placed on its streets must add to its surroundings.

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Handsworth and the Urban Living Neighbourhoods

on September 25th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Urban Living’s place shaping programme has ensured that holistic plans are in place to attract investment and to create neighbourhoods of choice. The plans are “co-produced” and “co-delivered” with local communities. New enterprise and job creation has been integrated with projects that enhance quality of life and reduce the area’s carbon footprint. Local people have been employed to do the work.

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Kensington and Chelsea Enhanced

on September 24th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has produced conservation area guides to preserve and enhance its heritage, and design briefs have been produced for major development sites. The result is an impressive townscape and some of the most stylish new homes in London. Nick Corbett was the urban designer for Kensington and Chelsea for seven years.

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The Soho Foundation & Sense of Place

on September 23rd, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

The Sense of Place project received a “Highly Commended” award at the Homes & Communities Awards 2010. It’s all about doing planning in a more humane way. The need for the project came from the fact that it’s no longer sustainable; financially, environmentally, or socially, to do masterplans in the way they have been. The new approach is to empower local people to become their own neighbourhood place shapers.

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Discover the legacy of Augustus Pugin

on September 22nd, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Pugin is one of most significant men of the Nineteenth Century, but he had to overcome great personal difficulties. The school pupils have recorded the stories of local people and seminarians who, like Pugin, are overcomers, and many of them have been inspired by Pugin’s designs. The pupils we worked with have made connections between heritage, faith, and community, and they invite you to discover how Pugin’s powerful legacy can inspire you too.

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The Earl’s Court Regeneration Partnership

on September 21st, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Earl’s Court was transformed with a modest government grant of just £1.6 million, which was used to attract a further £30 million of private sector investment. Prior to this regeneration initiative, crime was high and fine old Victorian buildings were black with pollution. We renovated 54 local business premises and invested in the transport infrastructure.

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Sense of Place is a finalist for the HCA Awards

on September 6th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

“We’re absolutely delighted that the Sense of Place project is a finalist for the Homes and Communities Awards 2010, under the category of “Leadership of Place”.

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Soho Foundation Site Goes Live

on September 5th, 2010 in Uncategorized by | No Comments

Earlier this year 170 people signed up to attend Urban Living’s conference entitled: “Is the Masterplan Dead?” The event was held in partnership with MADE. The conference was the culmination of the Sense of Place project – which is a finalist for the HCA Awards 2010.

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