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Community led design

Engaging communities

Community engagement is at the heart of everything we do

Residents in Birmingham playing in their street

We redesign streets to invigorate communities by enabling walking and cycling

We work to bring communities together to help them re-imagine and re-design their streets and public spaces so that they are safer and more attractive places to live in and travel through. 

Whether you are looking to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the re-design of a busy high street, or you want to empower local people to work together to improve their neighbourhood, we have the expertise and experience to help you. 

Our unique approach

We believe high-quality public space is an essential part of creating cohesive, happy and successful communities. We work with local people to design unique, memorable places that are responsive to their needs. We draw on local knowledge and creativity, seeking to develop a sense of pride and ownership, ensuring a long lasting legacy.

  • Evidence and insight. We use research to better understand how people use public space to ensure our recommendations are appropriate.
  • Inclusive engagement. We build relationships with the whole community so that solutions meet everyone’s needs and are designed in collaboration.
  • Interactive engagement. We create bespoke activities that enable people to interact with their streets and public spaces in new ways.
  • Gradual, phased change. We use temporary trials to try out ideas and demonstrate the positive benefits of permanent change.
  • Holistic interventions. We design and develop solutions that address both physical and psychological barriers to walking and cycling.

Our work in action

Our work in Barking and Dagenham has slowed vehicles down dramatically, completely changing the way pedestrians and cyclists experience the road.

In Hernehill, residents describe how their initial fear of changes like rerouting traffic or closing roads to motor vehicles has been replaced by enthusiasm for the new redesigned street, which has become a focal point in the community.

To find out how we can help you, contact our community engagement specialists

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