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

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

Reflecting on our Annual Study Trip – Cambridge 2019

Darren Smith, Studio & Marketing Manager at Tibbalds, reflects on our annual study trip to Cambridge in 2019. Each year, usually in September, Tibbalds invites all its staff on a social study trip. The trip provides an informal space for members of staff to socialise outside of the office while learning about the urban design, town … Continue reading Reflecting on our Annual Study Trip – Cambridge 2019

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

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?

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?

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

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