Bexley Heath Town Centre
PJA was appointed in 2009 by LB Bexley, working with Choudhury Lichfield & Associates and Feria Urbanism, to prepare preliminary designs for a number of public realm and street improvements around BexleyheathTown Centre, London.
Two earlier masterplanning studies had reviewed the overall structure of the town and had concluded that a number of interventions were necessary to make the centre more accessible by sustainable modes, and to enable new development to take place.
Bexleyheath is a linear settlement along a historic coaching route.The main retail area along The Broadway is now pedestrianised,with traffic being diver ted onto relatively recent major highways to the north (Arnsberg Way) and south (Albion Road).
These routes divide the town centre from its residential hinterland and changes to a number of junctions were proposed to reduce this severance and create a more attractive and safe public realm.At the same time,opportunities were identified to enable more built development along the routes to bring more activity to these sterile corridors of movement.
A series of concept designs for the key junctions and other spaces along the routes were prepared, and following public consultation were accepted by the Borough Council.
The scheme is now complete and the Phase 1 scheme has been awarded the LondonTransportAward 2014 in for “Excellence in Walking and Public Realm”.