We have been supporting the urban designers in the creation of a comprehensive regeneration strategy for two tightly developed local centres in the London Borough of Hackney. This work complements the Mayor’s London Plan, which incorporates the regeneration of designated town centres within the capital. Transport for London is a key partner and stakeholder in the development of both master plans.
The two town centres we looked at suffer similar constraints. These include bisection by major traffic thoroughfares, overall congestion, limited open spaces and opportunities for development, and land either occupied by or safeguarded for future rail schemes — the East London Line and Crossrail 2. In terms of perception, both areas have a reputation for crime. Ambitious plans to create employment and retail opportunities — and to supply sufficient residential accommodation to meet projected population growth — require intelligent and well co-ordinated use of the space available.
Our transport planning and sustainability consultants have worked together to sift the options and present various development scenarios. In each case, we have identified a preferred option, providing clear and extensive supporting information to the client.