Exploring Creative Ideas around Urban Problems

Kieran Easton, Planning Assistant at Tibbalds, explores new creative ideas around urban problems at a recent Hackathon and reflects on the experience. It seems that for many people, including myself, the lockdown of 2020 reignited the love of cycling. The restrictions to our daily lives meant that within our allotted time, a bike offered the … Continue reading Exploring Creative Ideas around Urban Problems

Class E and Changes of Use

In light of the current consultation to allow change of use between Class E and residential uses, Tibbalds' Associate, Richard Crutchley, looks at the impact such a move could have in his neighbourhood, involving a recently vacated unit in a terrace of shops. "When someone produces a simple solution to a complex problem, that’s the … Continue reading Class E and Changes of Use

The Forge

Richard Crutchley and Maria Hadjinicolaou, Associates at Tibbalds, review the Forge residential scheme on a former bus garage site in east London and how it creates an attractive and legible environment. Hidden behind the vibrant Green Street in Newham in east London, lies the Forge development on the site of a former bus garage, which … Continue reading The Forge

Planning Reforms: It’s Time To Think “Big”

by Matt Shillito, Director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design I confess to initially feeling a little daunted, deep into the challenging summer of 2020, by the arrival of the Government’s plans to reform the planning system in England – “Planning for the Future”. The Prime Minister’s foreword promises “Radical reform unlike anything we have … Continue reading Planning Reforms: It’s Time To Think “Big”

We shouldn’t have to rely on houseplants to access nature

Adam Price is a senior planner with Tibbalds We shouldn't have to rely on houseplants to access nature. We all acknowledge that access to greenspace, however small, is vital for our wellbeing, says Adam Price. So why do we allow conversions under permitted development without regard for garden areas? I recently read a book by … Continue reading We shouldn’t have to rely on houseplants to access nature

The Community Super Block

Tibbalds’ Senior Urban Designer Evelyn Wong has been inspired by the lockdown to develop an idea for creating ‘community super blocks’. Evelyn initially presented this idea as part of the NLA’s #BuildBackBetter series ‘Future streets in a post-pandemic London’ on June 18th, 2020. By Evelyn Wong At the start of lockdown, there was a very … Continue reading The Community Super Block

The Role of Town Centres, Post C-19

With the current unprecedented events, Richard Crutchley – Associate at Tibbalds – reflects on how Covid-19 may effect our relationship with Town Centres. The world is going through extraordinary times.  With the spread of Covid-19 across the developed world, and lockdown imposed in many countries, our perceptions of what constitutes our ‘normal’ lives have been … Continue reading The Role of Town Centres, Post C-19

A Virtual Holiday to Lyon

Neil McKenna, Planner at Tibbalds, gives us a virtual holiday with sounds from our 2018 annual study tour to Lyon. Back in September 2018, Tibbalds annual study tour was of Lyon and we wrote a blog piece as an initial reflection.  Given the current lockdown due to Coronavirus, we thought it was a good opportunity to … Continue reading A Virtual Holiday to Lyon

Reflecting on our Annual Study Trip – Cambridge 2019

Darren Smith, Studio & Marketing Manager at Tibbalds, reflects on our annual study trip to Cambridge in 2019. Each year, usually in September, Tibbalds invites all its staff on a social study trip. The trip provides an informal space for members of staff to socialise outside of the office while learning about the urban design, town … Continue reading Reflecting on our Annual Study Trip – Cambridge 2019

Play Streets

Richard Crutchley is an associate and Katja Stille is a director at Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. by Richard Crutchley I've been involved in running a play street for several years, and have had experience of other play streets across London and elsewhere.  Combined with my role at Tibbalds, and a desire to see more … Continue reading Play Streets