United Kingdom - The Royal Borough of Greenwich are commissioning a scheme with the aim of improving pedestrian and cycle routes between Plumstead Station and a new housing development to the north of the station. The scheme is funded through the Greater London Authority, with improvements to public realm at the heart of the project.
Arcadis has developed initial design options for public realm improvements to pedestrian and cycle connectivity between the historic Plumstead Station and the Griffin Manor Way-Pettman Crescent Housing Zone. The works will help to revitalise an area that has long been neglected, significantly improving the pedestrian environment and creating a safer and more attractive streetscape for local people.
There will also be improvements to the station, including better lighting, public art and spaces for community involvement. The station is unusual in that there is an upper and lower level, and a key aim is to improve the lower level through better use of the space.
Arcadis has worked on the project since 2018 delivering several services as part of a baseline assessment, including surveys of the street lighting and surround structures, review of traffic data, collecting and analysis of pedestrian and cycle counts and collision analysis. We have also delivered a land ownership assessment.
Early engagement was held with the client, Royal Borough of Greenwich, and key stakeholders such as Peabody, TfL, Network Rail and Thames Water. Bringing together all stakeholders to have an open discussion has helped to generate ideas and allowed for the most appropriate solution for the lower level of the station to be selected. A series of workshops have been held during the initial design stages to build relationships and buy-in for this high profile and complex project.
Preparation of an engagement plan at inception has been vital to a collaborative approach. This has been particularly important due to the complex infrastructure in the area, with several structures including Crossrail, a major Thames Water sewer and Network Rail assets.
Several options were developed for the upper and lower levels of the station, based on the baseline assessment and stakeholder engagement. There will be increased footway widths throughout the scheme and a formalized pedestrian route to accommodate the expected increase in pedestrian numbers. There will also be the implementation of consistent cycle route infrastructure to help cyclists move easily around the area.
The upper level will benefit from low maintenance planting, and consistent street furniture and lighting to improve the overall public realm. The lower level will encourage community involvement in terms of how the space is used, including street art and a performance area. There will be improved lighting, new materials to delineate spaces and activities, removal of dead-end spaces, cycle parking and artistic centre-pieces.
John Malyon, Associate Technical Director, Arcadis said:
“We’re excited to be part of this important scheme that will not only make travelling by train much easier for people with reduced mobility, bags, bikes and buggies, but also makes a real difference for the community using the spaces around the station.”
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