How can investing in public realm help our town centres?
As our town centres gradually spring back to life after lockdown, one of the most noticeable differences is the newfound importance of space. Public realm – our streets, squares, parks and public open spaces - have sometimes felt forgotten when it comes to the development of our town centres. Public spaces are often squeezed in a bid to capture the most value from buildings, but in a post-COVID world that equation is likely to change. So with ‘social distancing’ now firmly embedded in our daily lexicon, how can the true value of public realm be realised?