Movement Strategies are pleased to be part of the winning team in the Create Streets Paddington Place Competition, which was awarded to JTP and Civic Voice, for the highest quality urban design proposal. The community planning led process was commended by the judging panel, which drew on the knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm of the local community, to inform the design proposals. Movement Strategies’ input was to inform the design process with pedestrian movement data, to influence the connections and measures proposed. Pedestrian movement patterns and relative volumes around Paddington Station were captured by Disperse, by deploying a number of sensors in the local area.
The feedback from Create Streets highlighted this as a key strength of the JTP & Civic Voice approach;
“The JTP/Civic Voice entry was clearly the most developed and had had the most work put into it. Judges were impressed by the level of community engagement they had shown in such a short time frame. Judges were impressed by the urban fabric, and the quality of the public spaces and blocks. Praed Street was treated well, with increased pavement sizes improving its feel as a place. There was felt to be a good consideration of traffic flows and pedestrian flows, including access to the hospital. There was good connectivity around the site. The site had the largest amount of housing and total GIA, thanks in part to expanding the site slightly towards the canal in the north.”
Simon Babes, Managing Director of Movement Strategies, highlights the benefit of using good pedestrian data in the early stages of a design process;
“We were delighted to be asked by JTP and Civic Voice to support their team for the Paddington Place competition. Our knowledge of the station and the surrounding area and our ability to collect data efficiently and to derive relevant insights meant that we could add real value to the design process. The Paddington Place competition is a real opportunity to realise the full potential of this important area and we look forward to contributing to the next phases of the design process.”
Following the announcement of the competition results, it is expected that an exhibition of the winning and commended entries will be held at a local Paddington venue - date and venue to be confirmed.