For the last few months the Beyond Green design team has been busy developing a masterplan for our project in Broadland, an authentically sustainable new community to the north of Norwich.
Last week a small team of us travelled to Copenhagen to see Gehl Architects – leading design practice with a people-first approach to planning and the built environment – who are heading up the work on our public realm strategy at Broadland. We had two days of workshops with their head of design, Oliver Schulze, and architect, Jacob Blak, getting into the detail of the public spaces, parks and streets in advance of a series of design workshops for stakeholders and members of the public in Broadland.
Copenhagen has long been an inspiration to Beyond Green and is well known for its success at challenging the dominance of the car. Over a period of 40 years its taken a series of complementary actions – major investment in cycle lanes, a reduction in city centre car parking, shared surface streets with pedestrian and cycle priority, and investment in public transport – to transform the city to one of the world’s best for cycling with 55% of commuter journeys in central Copenhagen made by bike.
Sadly there wasn’t much time to see the sights of Copenhagen in the short time we were there, but Oliver and Jacob made sure we sampled some traditional Danish food. Make sure you visit Frida’s next time you’re there and try the Pariseboef. Word of warning though – it’s not for the feint hearted (or those on a first date).
Now we’re safely back in the office we’ll be working up the public realm plan and strategies with the Gehl team in time for the Broadland design workshops in October. You can find more information on our work in Broadland including the public realm strategy HERE.