CCCU Asset Building Study
TYA were commissioned by an umbrella body representing the volontary sector in an area of benefit adjacent to the Kings Cross development. The funding came partly from the private sector. Our report researched opinion about a possible new asset building as well as setting out architectural proposals for such a building on vacant or underdeveloped sites.
The work was an opportunity to clarify intuited but seldom expressed urban design characteristics of the area. The analysis remains valid, and seems more and more to be common wisdom, particularly so far as the neglected eastern side of the area is concerned, where a steady “softening” is already apparent.
This commission from Groundwork to show ways to improve public space in Upminster’s centre was a chance to work on a suburb with justifiable pretensions to being a discrete town. The role of the landscape in defining the separateness of Upminster was an obvious starting point. The narrative potential of the town’s distinct open spaces to refer to landscape and its different qualities was a way to develop the landscape theme. The project was immensely interesting although held up by the strong conservatism of the settlement and its politicians.
This study of the Hackney Central urban centre, north of the Graham Rd junction, was carried out to explore opportunities for urban design improvement to support town centre business and popularity. The work divided the area in sub-areas for which a costed menu of interventions was offered. The work was received by the client Groundwork Hackney and its Council partners with great enthusiasm and was considered an exemplary planning report.