BESTWOOD AND BESTWOOD PARK, NOTTINGHAM & STREETSCENE, NORTH SHEFFIELD

Estate regeneration

The mid 20th century saw the movement of mass housing from the inner city to the urban edge. Some of the new housing estates had their own problems with poor transportation, a lack of amenities, weak local identity and unloved public spaces. Such issues can contribute to social problems such as isolation, deprivation and crime.

At Bestwood, an assessment of the public spaces highlighted locations where poor surveillance coincided with crime and antisocial behaviour. Our masterplan resolved matters by restructuring the estate with new street connections, developing under-used open space and enhancing neighbourhood centres.

The Southey Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) project addressed similar design issues. We helped the local community with plans to replace the worst housing and attract private housebuilders into the estates. The work included design guidance for new streets and improvements to development and public space in four main neighbourhood centres.

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PROJECT 1
Bestwood and Bestwood Park, Nottingham

CLIENT
Nottingham City Council

SCOPE
Urban design framework

 

PROJECT 2
Streetscene, north Sheffield

CLIENTS
SOAR, Sheffield City Council

SCOPE
Regeration masterplan, public realm improvements

Density (both projects)
19 dph (existing). 22 hectares of development sites identified with potential for higher density housing at 35-40 dph