Bexleyheath Streets + Spaces Revitalisation
Feria Urbanism has helped to design and deliver an exciting series of new civic spaces in Bexleyheath, east London. This work reimagined several car-dominated junctions as more balanced pedestrian-friendly spaces. The public realm improvements included shared-spaces outside Christ Church, at Trinity junction and by the police station. It also involved the removal of three sets of traffic signals; improved street lighting and street furniture; new tree planting and new heritage trail displays.
The design work builds on a previous study for the town undertaken by Feria Urbanism, the "Bexleyheath Night Vision" study. While our initial study was focussed on the performance of the town after dark, it also identified key areas of change that would benefit the town centre over a 24 hours cycle. Our initial report was instrumental in securing a £4.13 million delivery fund from Transport for London.
Since the works were completed, the local Business Improvement District (BID) has identified a 55% reduction in the number of vacant town centre units. The works have rejuvenated the heart of the town resulting in local businesses being delighted with the results. Now that the drivers of vehicles and pedestrians are more aware of each other, the local authority believes that a welcome feeling of calm has been brought to the town centre.
The project won the “Excellence in Walking and Public Realm” category at the 2014 London Transport Awards. The judges described the works as a well-thought out plan that comprehensively transforms the heart of Bexleyheath.