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

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

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

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

Making people-friendly places

Together with the Urban Design Group and other organisations, Tibbalds have launched a campaign to put people at the heart of urban design, planning and engineering.  Katja Stille, Tibbalds' Director and Executive Board Member of the Urban Design Group, sets out what the campaign is and what it seeks to achieve, and reflects on the legacy … Continue reading Making people-friendly places

CIL – A tool for capturing social value or mitigating poor development?

Tibbalds' Planning Assistant Lizzie Bundred-Woodward who is currently studying for a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Westminster discusses the current arrangements around the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and considers both the problems it raises and possible ways forward for the charge. by Lizzie Bundred-Woodward I’m sure I’m not alone amongst colleagues … Continue reading CIL – A tool for capturing social value or mitigating poor development?