TransForm Places

About the Project

November 25, 2011admintewkesbury


In 2010 Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) was successful in gaining funding from the ‘Spatial Thinking’ theme of Rural Masterplanning Fund (RMF) for consultation on its ongoing masterplanning programme for the town. This series of events identified the importance of empowering local initiatives and community groups in the delivery of the masterplan. It also concluded that an early-win community project would maintain the momentum generated during the very successful stakeholder and community engagement process.

Building on this success, TransForm Places with TBC selected the Spring Gardens/Bishop’s Walk site as a key opportunity for the regeneration of the town centre and applied to the Design Council CABE (DCC) Neighbourhood Projects fund for support. 130 applications were made and we were one of only 7 who were initially awarded funding. We received the maximum of £7000. The budget and timescales are tight but there is an important opportunity over the next 4 months to engage with Community Engagement Advisory Group (CEAG) to set out a clear design and regeneration vision for the site.
Various ideas have already been ‘voiced’ through a visioning exercise but a more comprehensive design and consultation process now needs be undertaken, within the context set by the bigger master plan process for regenerating the whole of Tewkesbury.

The programme:

  • This runs until mid- March 2012
  • November: Workshop 1 – SWOT analysis and aspirations
  • December: Study visit to a comparable town centre to see what has happened elsewhere
  • January: Real or ‘virtual’ workshop to identify design vision and ‘quality criteria’ for developing the site
  • March: Design and development brief
  • April: Submission of final report to DCC

The anticipated outcomes from the process will be:

  • A design and development brief for the site
  • Community design aspirations embedded in the eventual solutions for the area
  • Community engagement with the design principles of better place making
  • January: Real or ‘virtual’ workshop to identify design vision and ‘quality criteria’ for developing the site
  • Raised awareness of the significance of the regeneration and quality of the town centre environment as a whole and how this will benefit local residential neighbourhoods

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Get in touch:

TransForm Places Ltd
1a The Avenue
Flitwick
Bedfordshire
MK45 1BP

+44 7970 363141
Recent projects:
  • Workshop 1, Nov 28th 2011
  • Manual for Streets training with OPUN
  • Avon / Nunn Mills Masterplanning
  • Priors Hall Design Coding
  • NBC Tall Building Strategy
  • Site Visit Club
  • Urban Design Fundamentals
  • MfS Walking Tour
  • Manual for Streets (Jan 11)
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