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

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?

Cities Skylines: Game over for town planners and urban designers or a new level of understanding for future generations?

In this blog post Tibbalds’ urban designer Cezar Petcu reflects on how technology might be able to help to convey the challenges involved in urban design and placemaking more easily with local communities. By Cezar Petcu The idea of placemaking has always been hard for many people to understand, many believe cities and settlements evolve … Continue reading Cities Skylines: Game over for town planners and urban designers or a new level of understanding for future generations?

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

How Cycling Makes Places People-Friendly

Want laid-back places to live? Go Dutch and make cycling for all a priority! Article one of a series by Saskia Huizinga, Urban Designer at Tibbalds. Have you ever travelled to the Netherlands and experienced the serene atmosphere of their cities and neighbourhoods? Multiple canals, lots of trees, small houses, colourful businesses, cute streets and … Continue reading How Cycling Makes Places People-Friendly

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?

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

In 40 years time

The London Cycling Campaign is 40 this year, and Richard Crutchley, Associate at Tibbalds, was asked to contribute to the special anniversary edition of their monthly magazine, London Cyclist, on the theme of the next 40 years in London.  Whilst London has major problems to resolve, doesn't it all come down to a sense of … Continue reading In 40 years time

Design and the New NPPF

Meme artists at work on the new NPPF.    The final version of the new NPPF was published last week with, perhaps, less fanfare than the original 'planning reboot' attracted in 2012. Nevertheless, there are interesting revisions in respect of the treatment and role of design in planning and decision-making. Matt Shillito, Director at Tibbalds, … Continue reading Design and the New NPPF