Anderson Bell + Christie

Designing Streets

Part one of our R&D showcase is our work with the the Scottish Government Planning and Architecture Division. 

We undertook  research to develop a better understanding of the way in which local authorities are currently implementing Designing Streets Policy in Scotland, to identify any barriers to compliance, and to recommend ways around these.

We encouraged local authorities that are using outdated streets design guidance to update it, and set suggested timescales for completion of revisions. These would be best achieved through the use of a process centred approach based upon multi-disciplinary working and shared design principles, rather than the application of standardised design templates.

Our research supported a 2-stage Roads Construction Consent, integrated with planning so that the same drawn and specified material largely meets the submission requirements of both consents processes. The first stage could potentially cover geometry and levels, with a second stage covering detailed design including construction details, materials, lighting, street furniture.

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