The Civic Trust will
unveil their plans for Peterborough's city centre urban design at the
City Centre Forum's AGM on 27th June 2001. Held at the new Gallery on
Broadway, Peterborough, the AGM is expected to draw over 100 business
guests to hear a presentation by key not speaker Liz Wrigley,
Principal Consultant from the Civic Trust to deliver their findings.
These are plans for the city centre which people use for shopping,
working, going out in the evenings and form the heart of Peterborough.
The Forum - which
co-ordinates the interest of the City Council, local businesses and
other organisations - aims to attract more visitors to Peterborough
city centre by improving the range of leisure and shopping activities
that are available.
centre was laid out 17 years ago as part of the expansion of the city
under the development corporation. Now the forum feels that the time
is right to re-examine the way the city centre is used and how we
might improve what we have. The Forum wants to bring the city centre
up to date.
The Forum funded a
professional study by the Civic Trust, as they are top-flight national
experts in the area of high quality urban design. The Civic Trust
examined the balance between day time and evening uses of streets, the
way in which trees and green areas softened the city centre and also
looked at ways the city might be improved in the future.
They were tasked to:
Undertake an audit
of Peterborough's existing townscape
Produce a concept
for the city centre
changes can be paid for
key local people
Liz Wrigley of the
Civic Trust said: "Peterborough has an attractive city centre
that offers an interesting mix of busy and still spaces, with warm
local stone used in many of these buildings. It also has an
interesting mix of areas where there is ultra modern glass and brick.
However, you can see that the city centre's design has drifted in
terms of its style since it was last laid out. The Civic Trust has
made a number of suggestions how this might be remedied in the future
to make the city centre more accessible and even more fun to use.
Peterborough has a unique blend of old and new and this needs to be
exploited to draw out the best of its character."
Sue Bolter the City
Centre Manager said: "I am very pleased with the Civic Trust's
report. They have examined all aspects of the city centre's design.
They have talked extensively to people in city centre based
businesses, the City Council and voluntary organisations. They cannot
offer us a "quick-fix". The next challenge for the Forum is
now using this information for people to collectively agree some
priorities for future action. Then the city can approach funding
bodies to raise investment to start to work towards bringing the Civic
Trust findings to fruition."