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

Tibbalds’ Annual Trip 2018 – Lyon

Tibbalds’ annual study tour this year visited the French city of Lyon. The third largest city in France, with a population of around 500k, Lyon was a textile city and the centre of the European silk industry. It is now a centre for banking, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and is also the gastronomic capital … Continue reading Tibbalds’ Annual Trip 2018 – Lyon

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

We Built this City on Rock ‘n’ Roll

Pondering the reasons why the world’s great songwriters have generally failed to grasp the lyrical opportunities of great urban design, Richard Crutchley – Associate at Tibbalds – reflects on the changing cityscapes and hopeless nostalgia found in an ancient Glaswegian long-player.  Between the anarchic and alcoholic study trip to Montpellier and the much more … Continue reading We Built this City on Rock ‘n’ Roll

Exhale on Main Street

With winter suddenly taking a chilly turn at the end of February, Richard Crutchley, Associate at Tibbalds, reflects on a moment last summer when he found himself caught in an unexpectedly pleasant urban moment. By Richard Crutchley It was a warm Saturday afternoon in August last year, and I had just purchased a very large … Continue reading Exhale on Main Street

Word from the street (play)

Tibbalds' Associate, Richard Crutchley, has been working with his neighbours on the street where he lives to think about how they, and others, use it.  As part of an effort to think about what the street means to its residents, and to take some stewardship of it, they have set up a monthly play street. … Continue reading Word from the street (play)

VeloCity: a new way to create places

Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford collectively make up the ‘Cambridge to Oxford connection’.  As one of the most economically successful parts of the country outside London, this corridor has the potential to support a further 700,000 jobs by 2050. In June this year, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) launched the Cambridge to Oxford Connection Ideas Competition, … Continue reading VeloCity: a new way to create places

Getting the best from your briefs

I recently made the move into town planning’s private sector after many years working on the public sector side for various local authorities, built environment charities, quangos and regeneration agencies. I expected a change of culture in many ways and there is no doubt that, culturally, the private and public sectors are very different, though … Continue reading Getting the best from your briefs