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?

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

Neither bank nor trendy wine bar

Tibbalds Senior Planner Adam Price considers a key change to our high streets and what we should do about it. By Adam Price We’re facing unprecedented change in the high street at the moment. This is widely considered to be part of a shift in people’s shopping habits from physical stores to online retailers, predominantly … Continue reading Neither bank nor trendy wine bar

Lessons from Zurich for a Londoner

Danielle Leigh, Tibbalds' Graphic Assistant, recently visited Zurich for the first time, and returned to her home city of London with some reflections on the differences between the two. by Danielle Leigh Zurich was never a place I had thought about visiting, but a friend of mine happened to be working there, and mentioned showing … Continue reading Lessons from Zurich for a Londoner