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This city was made for sharing – shared space in urban design “Friends” Protect Rare Peatland Habitat with Recycled Plastic Natural Stone The sustainable building material of choice?
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Cover Story Client: NEC Group Location: Birmingham Construction Value: £28 million As part of a winning OJEU bid, DLA Landscape & Urban Design were commissioned to provide full landscape architectural services, working alongside the NEC Group to provide a new world class setting for the proposed Arena refurbishment. Originally constructed in the early 1970’s the NEC Arena and its surrounding public realm were drastically in need of an the existing main approaches into the site and the sense of arrival did not respond to that of a world class destination and pedestrian linkages were inadequate to support the vast number of visitors in attendance during events. In conclusion the venue did not offer the excitement and experience to match the types of events held within. The aim of the external environment design was to build a sense of anticipation for pedestrians as they journey towards the Arena , to make each visit memorable, and key for the NEC Group, to encourage the all important, essential repeat visits. The primary concept driving forward the design of the inspired by the NEC Arena’s long history of hosting live music events. From paving and planting design to the external expression of radiating sound waves within the public realm almost as if sound was escaping from the main entrance and being broadcast out across the landscape. The landscape proposals encompass a number of key components which work cohesively together to deliver the
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overall design concept. The relocation of the arena entrance prompted the creation of a dynamic new pedestrian entrance plaza to provide a robust landscape solution which holds large numbers of visitors and for the varying events held within the arena. The space encompasses informal plinth seating and feature illumination to create a vibrant congregation space for use before and after events. A stunning 6m high ‘living wall’ of lush vegetation provides a striking backdrop to the new plaza containing views and directing patrons towards the main access. external space which provides opportunities for additional concessions and temporary entertainment before and after events. A 3m high, illuminated glazed screen separates the space from general circulation, adding an innovative & vibrant landscape element and which creates the ideal ‘canvas’ for branding by LG - the new sponsor. A bold avenue of striking specimen trees will be planted to form a semi-permeable barrier between the existing access road and key pedestrian areas and radiating bands of clipped ornamental hedging help to reinforce the sound wave concept. Both the glazed screen and the 40m long granite-effect retaining wall will be illuminated with colour changing LED’s be choreographed to respond to the type of event being held within the Arena.
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This city was made for sharing – shared space in urban design It may seem logical to assume that we all share the same urban space: cyclists, pedestrians, drivers. But that’s certainly not how people feel, and most urban design doesn’t seem to resonate this idea either. How many drivers have you heard criticising cyclists and complaining that they do not respect the rules of the road? Or likewise, how many cyclists complain that drivers do not make their preferred form of transport a particularly easy one? These types of attitudes demonstrate that many regard other road users as being something of a nuisance, but they all share the same space. Designers, researchers and engineers are beginning to answer the question of how we should be sharing and using the same space. This has resulted in radical new designs that not only change the way our cities look, but how they feel, says Romy Rawlings, Design and Development Director at leading specialist designer and manufacturer, Woodhouse. The crossing in Oxford Circus is an example of such a design, and concepts such as shared space are looking
Exhibition Road in London.
at ways of re-imagining the relationships of road users. Does an urban space that removes features such as While controversial, it is precisely ideas such as these that will have the ability to shape our spaces, for the better. The thinking behind shared space brings into question the way we have approached urban design since vehicles began to emerge on our streets. There has been an assumption that the only way to preserve the separating the pedestrians from cyclists. While it might seem counter intuitive, removing the lights or signs, and simplifying streets, provided the right ‘social messages’ are being conveyed to street users - the safer streets became. A recent example of shared space is Exhibition Road
Romy Rawlings, Design and Development Director at Woodhouse, Leamington Spa
heritage of Exhibition Road, a space that allows access to some of our most important national institutions, such as the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, a design competition was held in 2003 to help improve the design of the street. The result was a shared space that is not without its critics; even those who believe in shared space, remarking that it isnâ€™t a true shared space as some compromises had to be made. Compromises such as the provision of private parking spaces and tactile paving elements to denote where pavements would normally be as a result of a court case involving the UK charity, Guide Dogs. There are also some signs remaining that look out of place in what should ultimately be a signless environment. But despite this, many see it as a triumph for the shared space movement.
still plagued by issues that are holding it back, such is certainly not a problem of the past. And there are still signs of segmentation, such as benches appearing in pedestrianised areas away from what could be considered to be a traditional road. Future projects such as this need to stay true to their original vision and aims. How can we ever evaluate the effectiveness of shared spaces if compromises to the stated goals are being introduced? More information about Woodhouse can be found at www.woodhouse.co.uk
The street is patterned with criss-crosses in the paved surface, denoting that it is an open space, welcoming of pedestrians. There is a lack of clutter, and the slower pace, from the reduced speed limits, affords the space a more pleasing, relaxed feel. However, the street is
Exhibition Road in London
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“Friends” Protect Rare Peatland Habitat with Recycled Plastic A RARE bogland habitat in Scotland will be protected and enjoyed by thousands of visitors for many years to come – thanks to a new boardwalk made almost entirely from recycled plastic bags and bottles. Langlands Moss near East Kilbride in South Lanarkshire is a rare lowland raised bog habitat nestled in the heart of Scottish suburbia on the outskirts of Glasgow. A new 374m-long raised boardwalk has been installed made from Duraplas® recycled plastic planks and posts supplied by Centriforce Products.
The Moss is a designated Local Nature Reserve, attracting between 10 and 12,000 visitors every year from schools and local community groups to University researchers been watched over by The Friends of Langlands Moss who have worked hard to nurture and protect its special environment. The moss is too sensitive and dangerous for people to walk on so a raised 1.3m wide platform is essential to
allow access for both leisure and conservation of the rare ecosystem of mosses, lichens, reptiles, invertebrates and birds. The Friends battled to raise £100,000 in grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local community funds to enable the boardwalk to be built and replace the existing wooden structure which was beginning to rot. “The old boardwalk was deteriorating and was getting slippy and on the verge of being unsafe,” said Maureen Potter, a local East Kilbride resident and founding member of the Friends group. “We have been working hard for a number of years to improve the hydrology and pathways around the Moss, but this is the biggest project we have yet attempted. “We soon realised that a recycled plastic boardwalk was the ideal option for the wet environment, as it will not plastic and it’s a real bonus that we can tell them it’s made from plastic waste that would otherwise have gone For more information about Centriforce products visit www.centriforce.com, call customer service on +44 (0)151 207 8109 or email to email@example.com
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