The purpose of this site is to encourage and disseminate best practice in the design, management and maintenance of the public realm by exchanging information, building networks and raising standards among professionals working in the field. We hope to make a positive contribution to the quality of the urban experience in the UK.
Traffic calming in villages can be more effective with less signs and lines. Although this may sound counter-intuitive, it is being proven to work in a growing number of villages.
There are many advantages:
• Schemes are cheaper to install and maintain
• The character of the village is maintained and even enhanced
• Parish councils and village communities can influence the detail of the scheme
• Department for Transport is encouraging place sensative, innovative solutions
• Clutter reduced solutions are within existing law
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See it for yourself.
The well designed shared space with a proven safety record at London's Sloane Square juntion with Holbein Place.
There are 5 key points that make this design safe and clear for all users.
Professional qualification and recognised certificate Design & Management of the Public Realm
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LEARN: Urban Engineering, Place making, Quality & Safety Audits, Regulations & Law For all influencing the public realm seeking, best value heritage,
urban design and highway solutions for successful places.
"This unified approach can bring real cost savings with improved efficiency
and better design quality for all users."
Urban Engineering course is now running for its 10th session. The multi-disciplinary approach to urban design and traffic engineering is ideal training for all professionals influencing the public realm. Essential training for best practise and value for money approaches.
The 6 day course for the recognised professional certificate is suitable for CPD. The course is taught by leading industry professionals with site visits, case studies, best practise examples for practical solutions. The latest approaches to risk, safety and regulations are unravelled with appropriate methods to ensure schemes are successful and safe.
Who should attend: All who influence the public realm including:
Urban Designers, Highway & Traffic Engineers, Project Managers, Development Control Officers,
Architects & Landscape Architects Traffic & Transport Engineers
Planners & Transport Planners, Town Centre Managers, Conservation Officers, Sustainable Transport Officers, Arboricultural Officers, Access Officers
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Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles & Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond urge councils to remove unnecessary street clutter
Department for Transport is reviewing policy to help councils reduce the clutter.
Established schemes in London's The Strand and High Street Kensington have proved that less clutter can also be safe. Rural villages like Bibury in the Cotswolds and Clifton in Cumbria are schemes of reducing street clutter safely with the backing of the Department for Transport.
Mr Pickles said: "Our streets are losing their English character. We are being overrun by scruffy signs, bossy bollards, patchwork paving and railed off roads, wasting taxpayers' money that could be better spent on fixing potholes or keeping council tax down. We need to 'cut the clutter'.
Better for less - Village traffic calming and rural roads
Traffic calming at the village school
The low cost village scheme has slowed traffic and restored the rural character. Simple and low cost methods include, planters, reduced white lines and built out kerbs. The scheme was completed with Department for Transport backing, adheres to guidance and features in the LTN 1/08.
For more info: See Blog Contact us for guidance on village taffic calming.
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Why do these drivers slow down and stop for pedestrians?
If you are not able to see the video clip of safe
pedestrian priority zones click here for link to Youtube.
The Swiss Encounter Zones are designed to be calm, friendly and have low traffic speeds. This enables pedestrians and traffic to safely share areas. Such areas have been successful in reducing accidents, increasing commerce and improving town centres.
Pedestrian Priority Zones could be designed safely for British streets, where traders need deliveries, transport modes meet and pedestrians have freedom of movement. Town centres can feel as safe as Home Zones while still functioning as a thriving civic hub.
Successful implementation of shared space or shared surfaces in towns requires many user needs to be considered and balanced. These considerations are fully explored on the Professional Certificate course: Design & Management of the Public Realm.
Guardrailings Assessment Method
There is no evidence that guardrailings serve any purpose (DfT), highway authorities may still be reluctant to remove them all. This handy tool provides a framework to priorities there removal and improve the public realm.
The Department for Transport is authorising a trial in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Mr Cameron’s home authority inWest London, in which a small plate saying “Except cyclists” will be attached to poles carrying no-entry signs.
Link to full article: The Times 17 Sept 2009
The radius of street corners should be appropriate for both large vehicles and pedestians.
It's official!! Guardrailings have no effect on safety
Griff Rhys Jones, speaking on his passion for streets.
Civic Society Initiative's event
to support local societies with
a unified voice. We are looking forward to working closely.
Character of Historic Towns Defy Visibility Splay Guidance
Tony Sharp, IHE Chairman gives his support to all those who wish to attend the course.
Tony Sharp Traffic Signals Engineer
South Gloucestershire CC
•Urban Engineering & Place making
•Learn direct from leading industry experts
•Multi-disiplinary case studies & workshop
•Accredited certificate from English Heritage & IHIE
• CPD for IHT & RTPI members
•Essential for all professionals who
influence the public realm
•Practical implementation techniques for cost effective public realm schemes
You will learn how successful public streets and spaces are designed using the latest place making techniques. The whole process, from accessing funding and initial briefing to construction, maintenance and whole life costing. Leading industry experts reveal essential concepts, tools and techniques for co-ordinated approach of the multi-disciplinary issues when achieving high quality public realm.
Individuals and the organisations they work for, will benefit from practical implementation techniques.
Cyclists like to take short cuts. Though we can’t support the idea that cyclists should go the wrong way up every one way street, there are many places where they could safely pass a No entry sign.
But there isn’t a simple sign to tell everyone where they can. The obvious traffic sign, No entry except for cycles, sign 616 with 954.4, is not lawful. The sign that is lawful, 619, the flying motorbike, is less obvious.
If you have evidence that sign 619 is, or is not understood, please let us know. Let us know at:
Department for Transport launch Local Transport Note 1/08
Traffic Management and Streetscape
The Department for Transport published its latest guidance, to further link traffic and highway engineering with the visual considerations of the public realm.
Link to DFT document: Local Transport Note 1/08 Traffic Management and Streetscape
Design and Management of the Public Realmpresents
this latest thinking with two of the contributors, Mike Morris and Colin Davis.
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Peter Heath's 3 pre-conditions for sucessful public realm
Peter Heath, Principal Urban Designer
www.atkinsglobal.com Go to our Top Tips page to view Peter's 3 pre-conditions for sucessful public realm improvement.
Urban Design Group announces new director, Robert Huxford PRIANwould like to congratulate Robert Huxford on his appointment as UDG's
director and wish him continued success.
Go to Robert's guidance for making balanced judgments while navigating complex law and guidance documents when designing the public realm. GO TO CASE LAW : Opinions of The Lords of
Appeal For Judgment,Gorringe v Calderdale
CABE endorses PRIAN public realm course The course supports CABE's priorities in the public realm. "The course offers delegates an active, high quality learning experience."
Sarah Gaventa, Director, CABE Space
Recent IHIE Design and Management of the Public Realm course
students give us their views. Students give the course a resounding thumbs up. The last course was fully
booked with representation from a wide cross section of professionals, including engineers, urban designers, landscape architects and planners, recognition of
the value of a course which places inter-disciplinary knowledge and
understanding at its core.
Fiona Wilkinson, Public Realm Project Coordinator at Leeds City Council said: “The course is an excellent opportunity to network and engage with experienced,
management level professionals from a range of relevant disciplines and from both public and private sectors. The process of sharing extensive subject knowledge and
learning from one another is very valuable.”
The residential course is held at the Barns Hotel in Bedford, affording students the
opportunity to get properly immersed in the subject matter and fellow practitioners.
Commenting on his first three days, Ryhan Thomson, engineer, West One consultancy, “The course venue was excellent, with plenty of attractive space providing a quality environment for 3 days of thinking and exchanging ideas. The range of lecturers provided stimulation and variety and the group of students as a whole were committed and enthusiastic.”
The Professional Certificate in the Design and Management of the Public Realm covers
all the primary delivery systems, policies, techniques and design skills required to enable someone to successfully prepare practical designs for public realm interventions.
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The PRIAN course in the Design & Management of the Public Realm has been recognised by the Urban Design Group.
Founded in 1978 the Urban Design Group believes that urban design is not the job of any single profession. Making successful places depends on breaking down professional barriers and building collaborations between the people with the power to make things happen. By backing the course the UDG is actively supporting the training and development of professionals in the public realm arena.
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