What is Urban Design?
Public Realm & Urban Design is the process of shaping the setting of cities, villages and towns through architectural drawings. This involves the design of buildings, spaces and landscapes to ensure that the development is possible and successful. Many factors have to be taken into consideration for planning applications including the connectivity of a project, accessibility and aesthetics. This is vital for making sure that developments are appropriate to the public and that are engaging and pleasing places to be.
Novo55 has a fantastic team of experienced structural engineers. They are able to progress the development of both public realm design and hard landscaping schemes. Their experience covers everything from the concept stage with landscape architects through to detailed design, provision of contract documentation and specifications for issue to tender.
Recent work has included the pedestrianisation of a large market square, busy high street and adjacent highway areas with Yorkstone.
We are also involved in developing a landscape architect's brief into documentation, drawings, and specifications suitable for tender issue. The treated areas were within the context of a historic city centre and subject to varying traffic loading. They were required to be designed in accordance with the Scots Report and BS 7533. Adherence to Equalities Act requirements, such as tactile features at ramps and pedestrian crossings were included. Traffic signing, white lining and traffic regulation orders were also produced for this scheme including special authorisation from the Department for Transport.