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Roman Road Urban Framework #1.

Public Works & London Metropolitan University


#1 >> content INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 EXISTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

CHAPTER 2 METHODOLOGY

CHAPTER 3 PROPOSED PUBLIC Infrastructure - Cultural strategy

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1.0 >> THE SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE i. Key Demographics ii. Existing Community Facilities

1.0 >> InterAct, LMU i. Grass roots regeneration method (designers,

1.0 >> LOCAL CRAFT MARKET AND MAKER SPACES Car park > New Town centre

2.0 >> Partners i. Main partners

2.0 >> PUBLIC ART STRATEGY >> LANDMARK DESIGN COMPETITION

Overview Learnings from previous Roman Road research

2.0 >> CURRENT URBAN CONTEXT iii. Vehicular Flows and Constraints iv. Parking v. Pedestrian Flows / Constraints / Green Spaces vi. Business Street Presence vii. Pavement Width viii. Street Furniture / Facilities ix. Lack of Focal Point or Town Centre x. Spatial Constraints of the Street Market

researchers, artists, communities in residence)

3.0 >> ART/SCULPTURE TRIENNIAL 4.0 >> ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 5.0 >> MARKET RE-DESIGN 6.0 >> COLLABORATIVE STREET FURNITURE 7.0 >> THE MARKET

3.0 >> RETAIL INFRASTRUCTURE i. Property Useage Changes ii. Footfall iii. Trends iv. Fashion shops v. Restaurants/eating vi. Rents vii. Cash machines viii. Facades and shop fronts

8.0 >> GREEN YOUR FRONT GARDEN 9.0 >> DEAD ENDS AS ASSET

Document by: CASS projects public works

Contributers: The students of the London Metropolitan BA Architecture program. Key community members > RRRBA, CIRCLE HOUSING

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>> Introduction Increasing competition from retail parks and shopping centres like Westfield, with all desired amenities in one place along with on-site parking, has meant that our high streets can no longer survive on retail alone. Additional, new ‘attractions’, activities and services must be implemented to shift our high streets’ focus away from 100% retail to attract more audiences and thus more footfall, both for retail and social value. This is supported by Learning from London’s High Streets by the GLA and the numerous reports written, like the Grimsby report, nef and the Portas Review; high streets must remain important lifelines for our neighbourhoods for people to gather and meet. The re-definition of each high street is highly specific and unique to its location, current retail and services, social, and demographic context. It is understandable that there is a lack of resource to research the specific needs of each individual high street and its community, however a ‘one-size-fitsall’ approach is proven to achieve no, or even a reversing impact. Where possible, a new place-based approach through complimentary partnership with academic and educational institutions, which can conduct tailor made research and skilling, as well as local community organisations offering local expertise supported by local authorities is necessary. The location of the Roman Road, although poor in terms of public transport, is extremely rich and diverse with its cultural and historic context; this background gives it the opportunity to become a ‘destination high street’. On the contrary, Roman Road is not a place one stumbles across outside a tube station such as Whitechapel or other areas with strong destination pulls like hospitals, theatres or important cultural centres.

needs to be diversity of daytime and night-time offerings for local residents, daytime business and trade to boost the use of shops and retailers and a strong cultural program and identity. RR needs to become a destination with its own identity which is unique in the east end and does not imitate Shorditch and the like. Roman road requires: 1 Small meaningful capital changes to the public realm to articulate its rather inherent streetscape to allow public life and cultural events and festivals to take place. This document clearly sets out public realm development for the Roman road and can be used as a base document for public realm development. 2 It requires daytime use and development in form of affordable and commercial workspace and offices to boost the existing retail. This document identifies key sites for development and the functions that are required for those developments to sustain a healthy high street. 3 It requires distinct art and cultural programming to become a unique east end destination. The Cass and public works will lead on this development with local partners and local community organisations to develop cultural commissions, festivals, artist residencies and products. 4 It requires digital platforms and innovations to support both cultural and business programs.

THE ROMAN ROAD NEEDS TO WORK HARD TO BECOME A DESTINATION TO INCREASE ITS FOOTFALL; RETAIL ALONE WILL NOT DO THAT.

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Currently the Roman road offers very little other than retail and the majority of its users are local residents (this information is based on interviews conducted with retailers and Data based on questions asked local shoppers at 4 key locations on the Roman Road). For a strong thriving retail there

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LEARNING FROM PREVIOUS RESEARCH ROMAN ROAD TOWN CENTRE AUDIT & ACTION PLAN

ACCESS + CAR PARKING Much of the previous consultation in this report focused on shopkeepers’ requests for free parking. The motivation behind this is an increase in footfall to the businesses in the high street. This can be achieved through other means or in partnership with a new parking strategy, however parking is not the only driver to increase footfall. WE RECOMMEND: Shop keepers should keep a log of how many customers currently come locally (walking distance) and which ones drive to the Roman road. Conversation has been had with healthy streets consultant on future projects that can improve air quality.

Roman Road Town Centre Audit & Action Plan on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council March 2014

ROMAN ROAD ... A DESTINATION Please see recommended methods for high street facade development. Recommendation on Art and cultural strategy needs to be looked at for high street as destination.

FUNDING DIVERSITY

Cocreate & ImaginePlaces in association with Urban Movement and Design Economics Partnership

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In diversifying the offerings on the RR, it would open itself to more than just LBTH funding. Arts Council, Heritage and Lottery funding, Big Lottery funding are all organisations that fund art and cultural programs as well as community initiatives

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LEARNING FROM PREVIOUS RESEARCH ROMAN ROAD RESIDENTS + BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

GLADSTONE PLACE

In order to host public events at Gladstone Place, RRRBA recommend the overhaul of the existing infrastructure and design to provide better amenities to reconfigure the spaces into for example a street festival.

ARTICLE I.   ROMAN  ROAD  MARKET  .....................................................................................  3   SECTION  1.01   OPPORTUNITIES  ....................................................................................................  3   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  3   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  3   (c)   Pedestrian  Movement  ..................................................................................................  4   SECTION  1.02   CHALLENGES  .........................................................................................................  4   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  4   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  4   (c)   Power  ...........................................................................................................................  4   (d)   Vehicular  Access  ..........................................................................................................  4   (e)   Pedestrian  Movement  ..................................................................................................  5   (f)   Site  Dressing  .................................................................................................................  5   (g)   Exposure  ......................................................................................................................  5   (h)   Public  conveniences  .....................................................................................................  5   ARTICLE  II.   GLADSTONE  PLACE  ............................................................................................  5   SECTION  2.01   OPPORTUNITIES  ....................................................................................................  6   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  6   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  6   SECTION  2.02   CHALLENGES  .........................................................................................................  6   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  6   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  6   (c)   Infrastructure  ...............................................................................................................  7   (d)   Surface  .........................................................................................................................  7   (e)   Exposure  ......................................................................................................................  7   (f)   Animation  .....................................................................................................................  7   (g)   Vehicular  Access  ..........................................................................................................  7   (h)   Pedestrian  Movement  .................................................................................................  7   (i)   Power  ............................................................................................................................  8   ARTICLE  III.   CAR  PARK  ........................................................................................................  8   SECTION  3.01   OPPORTUNITIES  ....................................................................................................  8   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  8   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  8   (c)   Infrastructure  ...............................................................................................................  8   (d)   Pedestrian  Movement  .................................................................................................  8   SECTION  3.02   CHALLENGES  .........................................................................................................  9   (a)   Configuration  ...............................................................................................................  9   (b)   Location  .......................................................................................................................  9   (c)   Infrastructure  ...............................................................................................................  9   (d)   Surface  .........................................................................................................................  9   (e)   Animation  ....................................................................................................................  9   (f)   Exposure  .......................................................................................................................  9   (g)   Vehicular  Access  ..........................................................................................................  9   (h)   Pedestrian  Movement  ...............................................................................................  10   (i)   Power  ..........................................................................................................................  10  

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IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE

RR CAR PARK

CASS - STUDENT ‘RESIDENCY’ Over the coming year, students from the CASS will be designing and assessingideas for the Roman Road Car Park.

RR MARKET

NEW MARKET ORIENTATION In order to improve the relationship between market stalls and high street shops the RRRBA recommends the change in orientation of the market stalls, so that they address the shops opposite. 11


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LEARNING FROM PREVIOUS RESEARCH CULTURE ON THE HIGH STREET

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KEY POINTS ‘Shared and public spaces are vital ingredients of town centres and high streets. These spaces are what knit a place together, and are often under-used, becoming simple thoroughfares. Creative thinking is needed so these spaces can become the focal point for the social interaction that is the epitome of the high street experience - an area that is enjoyed by all members of the local community.’ Eric Pickles MP

ON THE RR... Having worked on the RR for the past year, public works, the CASS and the RRRBA have established links between different stakeholder groups, identifying potential collaborators and partners to deliver cultural/arts programs on the high street. The groundworks have been laid, now we can position ourselves to deliver...

ON THE RR ... THIS UPCOMING YEAR With the students of the CASS and the InterAct Hub we can begin to test some of these hypotheses and apply for further funding for cultural programs on the high street.

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Roman Road >> CHAPTER 1 EXISTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

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The Bangledeshi population makes up almost one third (32%) of the boroughs population - considerably larger than the proportion across London (3%) or England (1%). Tower Hamlets has the largest Bangladeshi population in England. The BAME groups increased their share of the population from 47% in 2001 to 55% in 2011. {Tower Hamlets Census 2001/2011}

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Transports No Activities Space for hire Phisical Activities Language courses Family activities and games Communal coffè/meal Activities which include making

CHAPTER 1 - EXISTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE Organised charities and external groups

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This map shows the existing community halls available on the Roman road for community events and activities. It shows prices, times of availability, location, contact details and capacity. The public realm and high street development needs to support existing community infrastructure rather than doubling up and competing with it. The Cass students will design a flyer to be printed by Circle housing in promoting these spaces.

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1/ INTERACT HUB - 3 years long program by the Cass school of architecture and design focused on the area of Roman Road and Bow.

2/ ROMAN ROAD ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND -Children activities -Workshops -Events -Playworker assistance -Play area outdoor -Hall [70mq] -Kitchen -Disability Access -Bus No.8 and 399 -15 min to Bethlan Green and Bow Road

3/ BUTLEY COURT ROAD COMMUNITY CENTRE

5/ WRIGHTS ROAD COMMUNITY CENTRE

7/ FRANCIS LEE COMMUNITY CENTRE

9/ BOW MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTRE

-Coffee mornings -Exercise class -Arts & Craft -Bingo -Advice Sessions

-Supplementary School -Bingo -Sewing classes -Arabic classes

-Adult literay/numeracy -IT for Esol students -IT for 16/18 years old -Accredited IT qualifications

-Bus No.8 and 399 -15 min to Bethnal Green and Bow Road

-Hall [100mq] -Kitchen

-Hall.1 [100mq] -Hall.2 [40mq] - Kitchen

-Main room [70mq] -Small room [19mq] -Kitchen

10/ ST BARNABAS CHURCH

-No.8 to St.Stephens Road -15 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Bus No.8-276-488 -15 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Bus No.8-276-488 -20 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Bus No.8 and 399 -10 min to Bethnal Green

4/ TREDEGAR ROAD COMMUNITY CENTRE

6/ ROMAN ROAD MARKET AND FESTIVALS

11/ ST PAUL’S COMMUNITY CENTRE

-Arts Group -Maths and -Esol Classes -Spanish Courses

- Weekly market - Weekend market - Shops and cafes - Summer and winter festivals

8/ Construction training centre old ford in Ollerton Green

-Meeting room.1 [35mq] -Meeting room.2 [50mq] - Small Kitchen

-Bus No.8-276-488 -15 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Bus No.8-276-488 -15 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Training courses -Construction Training Initiative -Workspace [125mq] - Toilet - Kitchen -Bus No.8-276-488 -20 min to Bow Road and Bow Church

-Bus No.8 and 399 -15 min to Bethnal Green and Bow Road

12/ JOHN ONSLOW HOUSE + Library -Bus No.8 and 399 -15 min to Bethnal Green

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Encourage businesses to make use of public space outside their shops and with this bring life to the street where possible. This acts as a form of advertising and has proven to increase sales, which should provide the incentive for this.

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The streetscape of the RR was never designed for active public life of the contemporary city. In parts there are narrow pavements which makes even human traffic congested. There are small left over spaces with no visual or functional asset and there are numerous municipal lawns behind the shops with little obvious accessibility. The municipal lawns are potential social spaces, but heavily underused currently, they contribute very little to the public life of the RR and its residents. Hence they are proposed as part of the public realm of the RR (see later sections).

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CURRENT SPATIAL CONTEXT PAVEMENT WIDTH

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EXISTING SPATIAL CONTEXT NO FOCAL POINT OR TOWN CENTRE

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Car park at the junction of Roman Road and St Stephens Road has the potential to fulfill the role of a town square.

St Stephen’s Church marks the centre of the Roman Road however also lacks a visual presence.

St Barnabas and St Stephen’s Church both lost their spire during the Second World War. The reinstatement of these spires would provide visual reference points. As mentioned previously, the car park has the potential to become a focal point in the centre of the Roman Road.

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A question often asked on Roman Road is ‘What happened to St Barnabas’s Spire?’ Although it was removed following the War this lack of a landmark offers a unique opportunity to create a new piece of public art via an open design competition. Inviting students and practioners to respond to open brief for a new sculpture in response to the stunted church spire.

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CHAPTER 1 - EXISTING PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE 2.0 x.

EXISTING SPATIAL CONTEXT Spatial Constraints of the Street Market

ii SPATIAL CONSTRAINTS OF THE STREET MARKET

RECOMMENDATIONS In the current market layout the shops face/turn their back to the existing, permanent shops (image 1). This creates a central alleyway through the street, however forms a visual and physical block to the shops behind having a detrimental effect on sales.

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SHOPS/SHOP FRONTS PROPERTY USEAGE CHANGES TRENDS

TRENDS Vacancies on the Roman Road have reduced from 35 to 19 which is a positive sign. The majority of these (8) have become shops and Cafe’s (3) which suggests an increase in retail activity and more people choosing to stay on the Roman Road for recreational activities. There has also been an increase in gambling establishments and estate agents. These can often have a negative effect of high streets (gambling in particular).

Property Useage Map 2014

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ROMAN ROAD CLOTHING SHOPS MARKED IN ORANGE ROMAN ROAD - CLOTHES SHOPS

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Shikdar Plaza

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Charity Shop

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Bonnieboo Baby Shop

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Fashion shop

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Shikdar Enterprises

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E3 Labels

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Jakss

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Baruch

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Kurs Fashions

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30,00

15,50

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50,00

26,00

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50,00

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5,00

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2000,00

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Gina's Closet

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Anchor + Hope

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Zee & Co

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Top Look

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52,50

Jean Jingles

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10,00

80,00

45,00

504 Art Fashion Tea

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5,00

200,00

102,50

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40,00

25,00

40,00

150,00

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Jusna's Boutique

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Zarsh Boutique

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4.90

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6.00

3.35

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15.00

8.00

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9.00

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7.00

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Mon-Thu 5.30pm - 11pm Tue: 5.30pm - 10 pm Mogul's Kitchen

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The Unique Cafè

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Tasty Bites

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Chilly Garlic

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Roman Empire

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Mon-Sun: 12pm - 12am

Semz Cafè

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Mon-Sun: 6am - 5pm

Domino's

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Mon-Sun: 10am - 12am

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2.00

18.00

10.00

Cicken Delight

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Mon -Sun: 12pm - 11pm

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Mon-Sun: 5pm-11pm

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10.00

6.00

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7.00

4.50

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7.00

4.50

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4.50

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6.00

4.00

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Mon-Sun: 6am - 2.30pm

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Mon-Sun: 5pm - 11pm

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Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 8pm

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4.00

3.00

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3.00

2.00

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6.00

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Sun: 11.30am - 1am Randolfi's Refreshment Bar

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Chicchi

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Mon-Sat: 7am - 3pm Sun: closed Mon-Sat: 8am - 6pm Sun: Closed Mon: 11am - 3pm Tue-Thu: 10am - 3pm

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Fri: 10am - 7pm Sat: 10am - 5.30pm Sun: 11am - 3pm

Fiesta

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Costa Cafè

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Cafè Creme

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Barone

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Chicken Point

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Tyson's Kitchen

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0.6

6.00

3.30

Fast food and Takeaway

2.00

5.00

3.50

Fast food and Takeaway

3.00

11.00

7.00

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3.00

15.00

9.00

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Mon-Wed: 8am - 6pm Thu: 8am-11pm Muxima

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2.00

10.00

6.00

Fast food and Takeaway

6.00

20.00

13.00

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4.00

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As expected the Roman road market attracts the most footfall - 650 per hour at peak compared to 278 per hour at peak on the western side of the Roman road. Bad weather severly impacts footfall.

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450.00

230.00

5.00

100.00

52.50

30.00

4000.00

2015.00

50.00

2000.00

1025.00

5.00

150.00

77.50

0.50

200.00

100.25

1.00

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50.50

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CHAPTER 2 - METHODOLOGY 1.0

Interact Hub, the cass (CIVIC UNIVERSITY)

This site (opposite) is designed to provide a space for: 1 2 3 4

Art and Culture Training and skills Enterprise opportunities Community meetings

The Hub still requires work to establish an enclosure so it can be used all year round. In the meantime, it sits within a network of community rooms and centres in and around the RR that can provide a larger capacity for community gatherings. The space provides a small public space in the front, a shop window/ store-front type gallery, a room and a small garden at the back. The site will be programmed to achieve community engagement, become a hub for public art and culture, training and skilling and enterprise opportunities.

Situated learning - grass roots inclusive regeneration Through this on-site residency, the type of learning and research become very specific to the locality. The aim of ‘situated learning’ is that it “takes as its focus the relationships between learning and the social situation in which it occurs”. This is by far the most democratic method in co-participation in development and regeneration projects. Rather than asking what kinds of cognitive processes and conceptual structures are involved, they ask what kinds of social engagements provide the proper context for learning about a place. This type of situated learning which has been written about extensively is now being applied to schools and universities alike. It is important that this methodology is taken further to the city and its development. InterAct hub will be learning from Public works as a practice have developed this methodology under the name of the ‘Civic University’ which has been successfully used for Brent Council, Lambeth council and currently on the Roman road and is being developed for the mobile garden, a site and project on the Olympic park.

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SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

CIRCLE HOUSING

LBTH

London Borough of Tower Hamlet

Housing association

The network Such a grass roots development project requires many partners with different specialisations that allows tapping into different funding streams. The success of such a project is in establishing strong links and alliances. It is crucial to make sure ethnically diverse groups, demographics and communites as well as corporate partners are involved.

SUPPORTING + COMMISSIONING ROLE

LBTH and Circle housing will be holding supporting roles in this delivery (not necessarily financial) whilst the primary implementation teams would be The Cass and RRRBA with their differing expertise outlined in the diagram. They will both target different spectrum of the community and work together to deliver a community inclusive development. The Cass is also collaborating with Queen Mary’s university on the Roman road project, tapping into research funds that are application based. Over the next 3 years The Cass will contribute to this development across their art and design departments ranging from 1- art curation 2- public art 3- furniture 4- Graphics and visual communication 5- architecture and urbanism RRRBA have very strong corporate connections as well as local community connections and expertise in business, events and digital developments

IMPLEMENTATION PARTNERS

DIGITAL EXPERTISE

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CASS

Roman Road Residents + Business Association

FUNDRAISING

CULTURAL STRATEGY

London Metropolitan University

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CHAPTER 3 PROPOSED PUBLIC Infrastructure - Cultural strategy

Why the Roman road as a cultural destination? 1. Its close proximity to Victoria Park which is already a successful venue for many music and entertainment events. 2. Its close proximity to Hackney Wick and its artistic community that need support in the light of its ruthless commercialisation. 3. Its close proximity to the new national cultural venues that will open in the Olympic park. 4. Its historical links to the suffragettes. 5. Its proximity to the Bryon and May matchbox factory. 6. The culture of historic London Market streets. To make the Roman road a cultural destination we need to address the strategy from different scales. However, it is important to note that the current trend in delivering culture seems to be one that is ‘experience lead’. Galleries and museums are now offering 70% ‘experience based’ culture and 30% static paintings artwork and artefacts. This would also apply to the cultural offering of the city, e.g. secrete cinema. We propose that the public realm development of the Roman road is done in line to support the cultural strategy that would make the Roman road a cultural destination.

1. The cultural strategy will need to be developed in different scales with different institutional partners: 2. Develope a feasability of sculpture triennial and trail. 3. An ongoing program of artist residencies every year. 2-3 artists working with ethnic groups, community organisations and shop keepers. Develop ethnically specific artist residency briefs with local communities and organisations. 4. On going Saturday art market, which is not just selling artwork but conceptual art, which is related to experience. In collaboration with Bow arts and the Cass to set the brief. This would be integrated into the existing market 5. Collaborative limited edition street furniture – We have already tested the methodology with a) Public organisation b) Shop c) Local resident group Replicate this process with furniture design school at the CASS to produce a limited number of street furniture. Each would have their own description and concept so people visiting RR can walk around and read about the ideas behind the chair. 6. Display spaces for art works produced as part of the residency with shopkeepers. 7. There is a need for a destination pull such as a museum to radical east end in collaboration with Bishopsgate institute which can also house suffragettes etc.

We propose that the public realm becomes the infrastructure that supports culture.

8. Walks locally devised to promote the radical east end history and its identity as the hospitable east end. These walks should not be just about past English history but the ethnically diverse history of the local area. This is part of what we have asked to work on with local ethnic diverse organisations in and around Roman road. Walks and how they want their culture shown and celebrated. 9. Lack of a landmark is a common thought by locals. 10. Based on the type of shops that are flourishing in the area connected to local makers. It makes sense to bring makers spaces to the Roman road. We believe the ideal site for maker’s spaces and makers market is the car park area and this can support the permanent shops that may sell their work and produce on a daily basis. (We want to develop a programmatic and business plan for this on this site this academic year and its feasibility)

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This pop-up market featured artists, designers, economists, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones. The Market showcased a skillshare, a peoples bureau, bring your own BBQ a speakers’ corner—even a kiosk buying tears. The market displays and promotes the value of other modes of exchange. It promotes and display the It’s a wealth beyond capital that will be traded at this market.

WAGON-LANDSCAPING - STUDIO BASTA

The new museum Texture needs a new temporary square pending a total remake of the environment. Here Studio Basta used cheap and effective methods to simply change a car park into a desirable public space. The garden makes a strong landmark and a new playful area for the neighborhood of Overleie.

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Netil Market sits just behind Broadway Market, however manages to create a unique pull. The medium sized market offers enough variety, with around 30 stalls ranging from jewelry makers to barbers, without the congestion of others such as Broadway Market. The market has been a testing ground for the development of many businesses which are now there permanently.

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Public art Public art will be an important pull factor for the Roman Road. We have divided this into separate categories: 1) 2) 3)

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Public art / landmark / murals Development of sculpture triennial (see Folkstone and Liverpool) An ongoing program of artist residencies every year (see point.3)

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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE An ongoing program of artist residencies, with 2-3 artists working with ethnic groups, community organisations and shop keepers, will be held in the InterAct hub. Academic year 2015-2016 will implement culturally specific artist residency briefs with those communities and organisations, producing a yearly calender of on site events and activities.

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SHOP FRONT PRECEDENTS GASWORKS - public works A 5 week residency by public works, to engage and redesign the front of the Gasworks gallery in Vauxhall, to engage demographics who usually do not enter galleries. Gasworks is a public gallery space in South London existing alongside twelve artists studios and an international residency programme. How can the venue attract a local audience and what issues should inform the architectural redevelopment of the space? During Layout-Gasworks Kathrin and Andreas spent five weeks at the gallery. They literally opened up the space to public exposure by creating a public on-site office that spilled out onto the pavement and engage local residents in design and development of the gallery.

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NEW LIFE CHARITY SHOP, WOOD STREET public works Public works was commissioned to redesign 2 shop fronts in Wood street in Walthamstow. The commission was one of artist in residence, and they volunteered to work in the shop for 3 weeks to understand the business and clientelle. the superficial cleaning up is often not sustained and leaves the local authorities in the same position 5 years down the line. In the case of Wood street not only light touch approach improved the shop front but it also put local collaborative partnerships in place for the business to develop and expand its offerings. The result of the collaboration with a local fashion school was shown in an event in the main town centre advertising the business. The funds which would have been just cleaning up was much more holistically used.

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SHOPS/SHOP FRONTS FACADES AND SHOP FRONTS

As can be seen on Whitechapel high street, cleaning up shop fronts is very effective but only as long as diversity of aesthetic is not lost. The charm and attraction of old high streets such as Roman road is down to the diversity of the shop keepers’ taste, as visible on the facade.

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A vibrant high street is not about ‘cleansing’ to a singular taste and aesthetic but a more inclusive aesthetic which embraces diversity. This does not mean a run down high street which does not convey a message of success but one that embraces difference. This is the reason why Cass students have just started a 2-year project of working with shop keepers to rethink their shop fronts.

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GREEN YOUR FRONT GARDEN

Working together with Circle housing’s ‘Growing concern’ we would like to pilot Green your front garden initiative. The Cass is currently in conversation with Circle housing about how they can fund and initiate this pilot program. This is only targeting houses which have front gardens directly onto the high street. See images for artist impressions of what this means to the High street. If the ground floor residential properties on the Roman Road could become green spaces they would visually contribute to the street as currently they have a negative impact. We just need to give residents an incentive to green and maintain these spaces. Spatial planning experts have put forward proposals to reduce council tax for residential properties which green their front gardens. Alternatively a bi-yearly competition could be run with a significant cash prize for ‘best garden’. Both of these options offer a financial incentive which would initial get people involved.

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MARCH 2016 COLLECTIVE GARDENING ON ROMAN ROAD

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COLLABORATIVE STREET FURNITURE

The Cass furniture students will be set a brief to design collaborative street furniture with local shops and local residents. This not only creates locally unique, yet coherent furniture pieces for the Roman road but it also celebrates collaborative community engagement and sense of ownership for the care of the high street.

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Acamedic year 2015-2016 saw the achievement of prototypes with very little resource with different retailers and community groups to test its viability as a process of designing for the high street. We have already tested the methodology with a) Public organisation b) Shop c) Local resident group We would like to replicate this process with furniture design school at the CASS to produce a limited number of street furniture.

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LEANING CHAIR Geezers to play pub music on high street

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RADICAL EASTEND walking tours Walks locally devised to promote the radical east end history and its identity as the hospitable east end. These walks should not be just about past English history but also about the ethnically diverse history of the local area. We are planning to work with local ethnically diverse organisations in and around the Roman Road as well as retailers to showcase and celebrate their presence and contribution to the high street.

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Integrating designated art stalls into the existing Roman Road market

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PUBLIC REALM DOCUMENT

路 dead-end roads 路 hubs 路 traffic 路 landmarks

feasibility study for car-park site

needs to be strategised by RBA

INTERACT GREENING YOUR FRONT GARDEN

SHOP FRONTS CULTURAL PROGRAM

CASS DESIGN initiate 102

on site consultation per day

103


Document by: CASS projects public works Torange Khonsari Andrew Belfield Tom Dobsen Mara Weiss

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Roman Road Urban Framework 2016  

by Public Works in collaboration with Roman Road Trust and London Metropolitan University School of Architecture

Roman Road Urban Framework 2016  

by Public Works in collaboration with Roman Road Trust and London Metropolitan University School of Architecture

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