Shared Surfaces Update

Shared surfaces are streets designed to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles by encouraging drivers to be more aware of pedestrians and travel at lower speeds.  Often this is achieved through the omission of kerbs which demark the separation between the pedestrian and vehicular routes through a change of level, along with painted lines, railings and signs which also demark routes.  The resulting uncertainty in the minds of drivers is said to force them into a heightened level of alertness and into taking more care, chiefly through lowering their speeds.  The Department for Transport (DfT) published guidance for the design of shared spaces in 2011 (Local Transport Note 1/11).… Read the rest

Landscape architects: worth our weight in gold! by Alison Galbraith

Keith and I were fortunate enough to be invited to this year’s ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 as guests of Peter Brett Associates.  We collaborated with their Water Management Team on the diversion and restoration of a stretch of the Hermitage Stream in Havant, Hampshire, which was short-listed in the Sustainability and Resilience category.… Read the rest

Views of landmark features – who cares?! by Alison Galbraith

I was recently discussing sites for new housing development with a fellow villager and something she said made me stop and think.  I was saying that one site being considered in the neighbourhood plan, and for which I was volunteering, giving landscape advice to the development brief, had to be considered in light of the fact that views to the church were available across the site from the road approaching the village.… Read the rest

Capability Brown lecture

Come and join us on the evening of 23 June to hear author Roger Turner share his in-depth knowledge and insights into the incredible life and works of the first landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose portfolio included nearby Petworth Park.… Read the rest

What you must know about your rural development site by ecologist Paul Whitby of Ecology Co-op

Thanks to Paul for writing the first in our series of informative articles giving expert advice on the various constraints and opportunities of rural sites.  The series will continue with articles on existing trees, landscape and soils, but for now, here is Paul talking about ecology:

As someone who is passionate about wildlife and yet also works mostly for developers (who are perceived to consider wildlife as a ‘problem’), it may appear that I work in a very self-defeating line of work.… Read the rest