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

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

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

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

Work Experience at Tibbalds

Last month, we welcomed Uzor Onichabor as part of our work experience programme at Tibbalds. Uzor talks about his expectations at the start of the week, and how the experience has been for him. by Uzor Onichabor. Hello, My name is Uzor. As a Sixth Former at Harris Academy, Purley, studying Art, Maths and Economics … Continue reading Work Experience at Tibbalds

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

Why good cycling infrastructure is a priority to make people-friendly places?

Saskia Huizinga, Urban Designer at Tibbalds, follows up on her previous article about the benefits of 'going Dutch' and making cycling a priority! In my previous article, I explored the history of cycling in Dutch culture – something that many people in the UK think is a given. In this article, I explore the many … Continue reading Why good cycling infrastructure is a priority to make people-friendly places?