Key to any successful regeneration project is the masterplan which must combine the aspirations of all the parties involved, be it the owner, developer or resident.
Local authorities the length and breadth of Britain are in the process of renewing urban areas to eliminate the mistakes of the past and provide attractive, safe spaces where people can live, work, shop and play.
In almost every case, public sector seed money is backed up by private investment. The aspirations of both funding parties have to be recognised and catered for, as well as those of the people who will ultimately be using the space. The key to this lies with the masterplan and the engineers who draw it up.
Up and down Britain are countless examples of urban design gone wrong: where the dream city within a city has turned into the worst kind of ghetto, or a free-flowing transport planning triumph has spelled danger for those trying to cross the road.
Today, many of these planning disasters are being revisited in the form of multi-million pound regeneration schemes. But what is to stop the planners, the architects and engineers, from making the same mistakes again?
© New Civil Engineer June 2008