Project: Computer Based Tools for Streetscape Design and Reallocation

Reference: STP 14/6/22

Last update: 10/04/2013 14:59:50

Objectives

Develop a set of computer-based tools to assist the design and reallocation of street space. This will provide a street layout design tool that incorporates basic rules and regulations on roadspace allocation and detailed and comprehensive information on aspects of street design. Good practice examples of complete design solutions in different countries will also be included.

Description

The project develops a core streetscape reallocation design tool that forms a platform for links with other modules developed during the project that assist in the option generation, design and assessment processes. The core tool combines GIS and CAD functionality to assist in the drawing of streetscape allocation options. It also embodies a number of rules, based on spatial logic and traffic regulations, to prevent infeasible options being developed and to provide guidanceas to why the designis not practical. Tramsport for London will evaluate prototypes of the Software, as the work proceeds. As well as developing tools witha clear practical and commercial value, the intention is to advance academic understanding internationally, in the areas of streetspace allocation and stakeholder impacts, as well as to generate a wealth of valuable teaching materials.

Contractor(s)

University of Westminster
Transport Studies Group, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS
+44 (0)20 7911 5073

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £152,095.00

Actual start date: 01 September 2002

Actual completion date: 31 December 2005

Publication(s)

Streetspace Design and Reallocation Tool
Author: Peter Jones - Centre for Transport Studies, UCL, London
Publication date: 30/03/2006
Source: University of Westminster - Transport Studies Group website
More information: http://home.wmin.ac.uk/streetspace/

Summary of results

  1. While the objectives have changed to a limited extent during the course of the project, due both to external factors and feedback from potential users, the project has been successful in meeting its general aims.

    A comprehensive, web-based knowledge tool has been prepared, which incorporates a wider range of material than originally specified, particularly in the areas of contextual policy documents and data sources. Some of this material has been used in graduate teaching, and there are plans (outlined below) for making full use of this asset in the future.

    The streetspace design tool, developed in conjunction with Buchanan Computing, has built on their original LineMap product to develop a more comprehensive and user friendly tool, which is better able to address market needs in a context where concerns about the design of urban streets is increasing.

    Two radical additions to the tool have been developed to proof-of-concept stage. The first involves developing street layouts that are depicted in terms of shaded areas rather than line markings, and the second consists of different ways of encouraging users to experiment with different street layouts.

    In terms of the collaboration with GDC, a practical, web-based, interactive consultation tool has been developed, by modifying their PlanAccess software. This has been prepared for application in the Shadwell area of London, in conjunction with Transport for London. Although the consultation has had to be delayed, TfL is very positive about this tool, as they make clear in a letter that has been submitted with this final report.