STEVENAGE OLD TOWN, HERTFORDSHIRE
A private initiative by the practice, this study was born out of the experiences of one of the team who was commuting between Old Stevenage and the train station, which is located in the ‘new’ town.
Despite being less than 600m apart, pedestrian and cycle connectivity between the train station and the town’s historic High Street is torturous, involving the navigation of overpasses, tunnels, roundabouts and carparks. The route can be particularly difficult late at night and on early winter mornings.
This is because the new and old towns remain separated by a busy dual carriageway - while one side represents a future age, the other has retained a traditional core and character.
The study considered the potential to strengthen a link between the Market Place (at the northern end of the High Street) and the iconic clock tower, which stands proudly at the heart of the new town.
It showed that with a little catalyst investment for public realm improvements and a holistic approach, the potential exists to unite these two complimentary quarters to create a stronger, more sustainable and diverse town centre offering.
The study was presented to Stevenage Borough Council in 2020 for consideration.