hackney public realm strategy | lb hackney
We were commissioned by the London Borough of Hackney to develop a public realm design guide SPD. The first part of the document explores the character, diversity and distinctiveness of the borough’s public realm, seeking to find what is unique to the borough, and establishes important design principles.
The second part of the document is the Public Realm Design Guide, which is structured around the concept of a hierarchy of streets, based primarily on their social function as places. Thus, ‘domains’ are approximately defined, with a ‘social domain’ giving priority to pedestrians, including children, where play and social activity can take place in safety. The ‘intermediate domain’ provides for mixed priority streets, where an appropriate balance is achieved between social and movement needs, and the ‘travel realm’ has a single, movement function. Guidance describes the ‘space for’ different functions of the public realm and their design.