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A Trip to Poynton

On August 25, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Unusually this blog comes to you from a service station on the majestic M6 in the heart of the Lake District, in some ways scenic, in others not. As I sip a tall Starbucks and the car gulps Ecotricity there’s time to get a few thoughts down.  This afternoon I…

Defining the challenges: Creating Streets For All

On August 10, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, By ,,, , With No Comments

I’m currently working on the Masterplan for a “Locally Led Garden Village”. In some ways it’s early days, the site boundaries for new housing won’t be fixed until latter in the year after spending some time talking to the public. In other ways the thinking on how we get this…

Local Growth

On June 29, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

Almere Consulting work on residential development further afield but our commercial development work is predominantly focused on North East England. Both are likely to be impacted by last week’s referendum verdict and both will respond to any measures implemented by the UK Government over the coming weeks and months. Anecdotally…

How wide is Main Street?

On June 27, 2016, Posted by , In Almere Blog,Uncategorized, With No Comments

I’m currently working on an estate masterplan with Farrells Architects and Place on Earth Landscape.  Following attempts to cram ever more hard and soft landscaping in and around our “Main Street”, with width approaching 30 metres wide and building heights creeping up the comment arose “it’s not exactly beer & cricket”. This sums…

La Punaise (or Circle) Junction

On March 24, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

A Punaise junction, loosely translated as a “Pinhead” junction or circle junction is something rare in the UK but very much a standard feature where quiet residential access streets meet in some other European countries.  So how can we build them here cost effectively? In the UK perhaps the most…

Building Better Places

On March 10, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Last month the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee issued it’s report “Building Better Places“. As well as calling for more to be done to increase the quantity of housing being delivered the committee also asserts that more attention to design at the beginning of the process…