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 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

Use of industrial and railway land

Evelyn Wong, Senior Urban Designer at Tibbalds, and Lucy Large, Urban Design Assistant at Tibbalds, visited The Pavillions - a recent, award-winning scheme off the Caledonian Road in Islington. Here, they give their thoughts on the scheme, which may provide lessons for similar sites constrained by railways and conservation requirements The Pavilions, 351 Caledonian Road … Continue reading Use of industrial and railway land

Lightmoor: 22 years in the making

Sue Rowlands, director at Tibbalds, reflects on her role working on the Lightmoor project 22 years later... As a newly promoted Associate at Tibbalds in 1997, the feasibility study for a ‘new Bournville’ for the Bournville Village Trust (BVT) at Lightmoor, Telford was my first successful tender.  The then project director Andy Karski described it as … Continue reading Lightmoor: 22 years in the making

Child friendly places are the future

Tibbalds’ Associate Francis Moss reflects on a recent event in central London that encouraged children to engage in building and designing spaces, and wonders why thinking from a child's perspective isn't more prominent in making great places for everyone. By Francis Moss Ten years ago I moved to London and quickly became accustomed to squeezing … Continue reading Child friendly places are the future

Baking the Future City

The third annual 'Gingerbread City' is currently wowing visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where it is open to visitors until January 6, 2019.  This years theme is the Future City.  Tibbalds’ Urban Designer Amy Sweeting has been at the centre of the planning and preparation of the event, and here reflects on … Continue reading Baking the Future City

Making Connections

Tibbalds' Director, Katja Stille, considers the recent Transport for New Homes report, which examines whether our aspirations for better connected new places promoting healthier, more active lifestyles and connected communities are actually being realised in the new places we are building. by Katja Stille Transport for New Homes in its recent report is of course … Continue reading Making Connections

Jennifer Ross: looking forward, looking back

Previously, the Tibbalds blog featured the newest recruit to the Tibbalds’ team and reported on his first week at work. This week Jennifer Ross, one of the founding directors of the practice is departing on a four month sabbatical to cycle the west coast of America. Before flying across the Atlantic to start her journey she … Continue reading Jennifer Ross: looking forward, looking back

Under the Flyover: connecting communities and humanising leftover space

Claire Perrott, Associate at Tibbalds, looks at the strategic potential for a London wide directive to use the spaces created beneath road flyovers to attract new uses and encourage connections between communities otherwise severed by roads.  Her ideas were developed as part of her participation in Future of London's 'Future London Leaders' course (Round 18).