Case Studies

A selection of our case studies showing the scope of our experience and expertise.

Public Realm

Chancery Lane

As part of improvements to the public open spaces and facilities in the street, the ACS for Chancery Lane presents the role of cultural activity in attracting more visitors and diversifying the investment potential of the area and thereby contributing to its regeneration.

Lively Cities, 'Common Room'

In February 2012 Brighton & Hove City Council launched a competition to source a practice to deliver an ‘inspirational design for a pilot place-making project’ to transform the lived experience of an area known as Ann Street/Providence Place Gardens. Plan Project’s proposal, developed with Luis Trevino Architects, entitled ‘Common Room,’ won the competition. The ‘Common Room’ project trialled various ideas for how to improve an area of public realm and the streets adjacent to it through a combination of environmental changes and cultural activities.

Silvertown Way

Plan Projects was appointed to work up a public realm strategy for the temporary use of a large area of derelict open space close to the centre of Canning Town. We put forward a design solution that creates a ‘stage’ for a series of mutually reinforcing cultural uses, entitled ‘Playscape,’ that combine commercial viability, value to the local community and relevance to both the regeneration aims of the area and the eventual redevelopment of the site. These uses included urban farming, a BMX park, street food and a hard standing space for the community and corporate performance and event activities.

Wellington Street Public Realm Pilot

Wellington Street in Covent Garden is witness to one of London’s most notorious pedestrian/cyclist conflict zones. Plan Projects was briefed by the The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) to consider how the interaction between pedestrian and cycle traffic where a cycle lane crosses the footpath at the southern end of Wellington Street could be improved. Possible solutions would be explored by way of a pilot project that would re-consider the routing of cycle lanes and seek to optimise the social and cultural potential of the wider public realm.

Devonshire Ward

Plan Projects was commissioned by Eastbourne Homes to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Devonshire Ward, a large area forming the eastern section of the town centre. As part of the commission a Public Realm Strategy (PRS) was required; this identified major opportunities for improving the public realm and how the over-arching objectives conceived as part of the UDF could be translated into proposals on the ground. The PRS addressed the following themes: green space, movement, civic spaces and strategic development.

Stamford Hill Public Realm Strategy

As part of supporting the client to develop an Area Action Plan for Stamford Hill Plan Projects produced a detailed Public Realm Assessment and Strategy. This looked at the connections between open spaces, the quality of children’s play facilities, and an analysis of the town centre’s commercial character. The final deliverable to the client was a ‘Public Realm Assessment’ highlighting current issues and a ‘Public Realm Strategy’ bringing together overarching recommendations and smaller scale interventions that would progress Stamford Hill’s urban spaces.