TransForm Places

Workshop 1, Nov 28th 2011

November 25, 2011adminEnabling, tewkesbury, Training

The first stage of our programme for Spring Gardens / Bishops Walk was to hold a workshop where community ideas could be gathered and best practice could be shared.

The session involved presentations, site visits and workshops including a SWOT analysis that formed the basis of the site analysis.

Also included were examples of best practice from elsewhere to serve as inspiration as to what is possible. Initially the focus was big box retail but as we shall see this soon changed to a mixed scheme with a better balance of uses.

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Manual for Streets training with OPUN

October 5, 2011adminTraining

TransForm Places teamed up with OPUN, the architecture centre for the East Midlands and Phil Jones of Phil Jones Associates to deliver a training session on Manual for Streets 1 & 2. The event was held at De Montfort University and included workshops and a design exercise on a live local scheme where the Council are looking for ideas to improve the local environment.

Manual for Streets , published in 2007, emphasises that streets should be places in which people want to live and spend time in, and are not just transport corridors. In particular, it aims to reduce the impact of vehicles on residential streets by asking practitioners to plan street design intelligently and proactively, and gives a high priority to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport.

Manual for Streets 2 was published in 2010 and builds on the philosophies set out in Manual for Streets and demonstrates through guidance and case studies how they can be extended beyond residential streets to encompass both urban and rural situations. It fills the perceived gap in design advice that lies between Manual for Streets and the design standards for trunk roads as set out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. It is designed to everyone involved in the planning, construction and improvement of our streets to deliver more contextually sensitive designs. You can download them both here.

TransForm Places Sue McGlynn delivered a seminar that put Manual for Streets 1&2 in the wider urban design context, talking about the role of streets in making places attractive and robust. Notes and presentations can be downloaded here.

Site Visit Club

October 5, 2011adminTraining

One of the best ways to understand how design decisions impact on the ground is to go and see things in flesh. The North Northants Joint Planning Unit (NNJPU) run a series of events aimed at getting officers out to see local projects so they can see how they perform. TransForm Places joined the NNJPU and its officers on these trips to offer expert advice and observations, aiding discussion on the principles of urban design. On our latest trip we spent time looking at some of the 2009 Excellence Awards entries including one of the winners, Stanwick Lakes.

Urban Design Fundamentals

October 5, 2011adminTraining

TransForm Places offers a range of training sessions designed to give communities and professionals a better understanding of current issues and access to best practice and information. A good first session is our Urban Design Fundamentals training, a full-day session with workshops and seminars that cover the basic principles through to applying them in practice. The session was delivered by Sue McGlynn and Prof Ian Bentley for the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (NNJPU) and over thirty local authority planning and highways officers attended.

The key learning points from this session included the how the basic urban design principles combine to deliver places that are attractive and successful, both in terms of visitor experience but also in a commercial sense. We also carried out workshops that allowed delegates to apply what they had learned to potential development sites and these were discussed in the feedback sessions.

You can book a session like this by getting in touch via our contact page. We also offer bespoke courses that can be targeted to address any issue you may be facing.

 

MfS Walking Tour

October 5, 2011adminTraining

Applying the principles set out in Manual for Streets helps to make places more attractive and to function better. A useful and informative way to examine the sort of thing MfS advocates is to go out and see built schemes and see how they perform in every day use. It doesn’t matter if they were built before or after MfS was published; any scheme can tell you something useful and can be related back to MfS principles.

We were invited to take members of the BOB-MK design officers group on a walking tour of a recently built development in Oxford, where we looked at the fundamental layout of the street, the way the parking was arranged, the way buildings and private space were configured and for evidence of how people chose to use the spaces.

Manual for Streets (Jan 11)

October 5, 2011adminTraining

We ran a very well attended, lively, and thorough session on Manual for Streets 1&2 for planning and highways officers. As always, the principles set out in the two documents sparked intense debate.

Manual for Streets , published in 2007, emphasises that streets should be places in which people want to live and spend time in, and are not just transport corridors. In particular, it aims to reduce the impact of vehicles on residential streets by asking practitioners to plan street design intelligently and proactively, and gives a high priority to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport.

Manual for Streets 2 was published in 2010 and builds on the philosophies set out in Manual for Streets and demonstrates through guidance and case studies how they can be extended beyond residential streets to encompass both urban and rural situations. It fills the perceived gap in design advice that lies between Manual for Streets and the design standards for trunk roads as set out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. It is designed to everyone involved in the planning, construction and improvement of our streets to deliver more contextually sensitive designs. You can download them both here.

Building for Life (Aug 10)

October 5, 2011adminTraining

Good quality housing design can improve social wellbeing and quality of life by reducing crime, improving public health, easing transport problems and increasing property values. Building for Life promotes design excellence and celebrates best practice in the house building industry.

The 20 Building for Life criteria embody CABE’s vision of functional, attractive and sustainable housing. New housing developments are scored against the criteria to assess the quality of their design, and CABE have asked TransForm Places to be their regional partner in promoting and supporting Building for Life.

To this end, we offer training and support for anyone interested in using Building for Life, be it a Local Authority compiling their AMR, or a private developer wishing to raise the bar on good design and ensure that their scheme has what it takes to be exemplar. To find out more, visit www.buildingforlife.org and start learning how your organisation can make a difference, or contact us for further information and advice.

How we can help your organisation

As CABE’s regional partner for promoting Building for Life, TransForm Places can give advice and training, help with your assessments, advise on your design team, and point you to examples that set standards to aspire to.

Building for Life Assessor Training (Jul 10)

October 5, 2011adminTraining

Following on from the success of our initial training event in February of last year, we again teamed up with CABE to deliver more Building for Life Accredited Assessor training, this time in Oxford. For those who missed our last event, this was a chance to become a fully accredited Building for Life Assessor. Building for Life is the national standard for well designed homes and neighbourhoods, and CABE are committed to training on member of each planning authority to become an Accredited Assessor.

The day saw around 25 delegates turn out for what was an illuminating and enjoyable session. TransForm Places team members Sue McGlynn and Ivor Samuels delivered the training along with CABE’s BfL team, while Garry and Helen helped facilitate the event.

As with the first event we ran, the session was intense and there were some very interesting and in-depth question and answer sessions as people got to grips with BfL and how they could use it to deliver quality on the ground.

We now have a further 25 candidates hoping to become Accredited Assessors and we look forward to future events.

How we can help your organisation

As CABE’s regional partner for promoting Building for Life, TransForm Places can give advice and training, help with your assessments, advise on your design team, and point you to examples that set standards to aspire to.

Building for Life Assessor Training (Feb 09)

October 5, 2011adminTraining

TransForm Places are CABE offical training partner for Building for Life, helping CABE to train an embedded assessor for each Local Authority in the UK. Our event on in February 2009 saw 40 delegates receive the accredited assessor training, delivered by CABE and our own Sue McGlynn.

The Accredited Assessor training day is pretty intensive, with lecture presentation in the morning, followed by workshops and other exercises throughout the day. The event culminated in candidates designing a scheme using the BfL questions to help set design principles. These were then presented by the each group and critiqued accordingly.

To become an assessor, hopefuls are required to attend the full-day training session and then to complete a test assessment. This is then examined by CABE’s BfL team for accuracy and thorough evidencing, and so long as the BfL score given is within the range specified for the test assessment then it is a deemed a pass. Before being fully signed off, assessors are required to sign a code of conduct governing how BfL is used and carried out.

We intend to continue to work with CABE in delivering assessor training in the future, along with a raft of other BfL awareness raising events aimed at spreading the word and getting BfL full integrated in the planning system.

How we can help your organisation

As CABE’s regional partner for promoting Building for Life, TransForm Places can give advice and training, help with your assessments, advise on your design team, and point you to examples that set standards to aspire to.

Get in touch:

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

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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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