BENVGBU1 - TRANSFORMING LOCAL AREAS: URBAN DESIGN FOR DEVELOPMENT
MSC BUILDING AND URBAN DESIGN IN DEVELOPMENT
DEVELOPMENT PLANNING UNIT, THE BARTLETT
The objective of this exercise was to write a development brief for the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site inShoreditch complementing the planning guidance prepared jointly by the London Borough of Hackney,the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority with Terry Farrell and Partners.This is an important and strategic site in Shoredtich that has been vacant for many years but nowhas an opportunity for redevelopment, given that the Shoreditch Station as part of the East LondonLine extension is due to open in 2010. The exercise was conducted in two stages: Part 1 involved anurban analysis of the designated study area where conventional urban design analytical techniqueswere combined with social science research tools to identify comprehensive regeneration opportunitiesand constraints for the site wtihin a wider area. Part 2 involved the writing of a development brief
addressing the principles of urban structure, public realm and accessibility characteristics for the benet
of professional development teams. An investigation of potential transformation of the study area wasundertaken through the analysis of six thematic categories: 1. Socio-economic analysis; 2. Urban grain/mix; 3. Public realm/open spaces; 4. Accessibility; 5. Massing/density; and 6. Typology/landmarks.
1 socio economic 2 urban grain/mix
Key data from Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 was analysed for seven wards surrounding the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site
including the socio-economic prole of the residents, quality of housing stock, the economic structure of local businesses, and
important indicators including crime.
> population densities> ethnic mix >household characteristics
Traditional gure ground analysis
to understand the historic evolutionof the urban block structure wascombined with attempts to delayer the urban grain of the study areain the third dimension by not justdocumenting the built versus openspace but also prviate and publicrealm as well as activities at bothground and upper levels. In order tocapture the complex nature of thearea’s mixity, conventional land usecharacterisation was replaced byeight more dynamic categories.
> 2010 > 1940 > 1897 > 1827
> plot fabric > private space> built fabric > activities
> top: ground level activities; above: upper oor activities