CIHT ran an all-day event on 4th July 2017 entitled Streets of the Future.

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The way we think about our streets and how they operate in the future is increasingly important. New technologies and innovations in development and design will move this forward, helping us understand and adapt to climate change, tackle air pollution and address resilience issues.

Event was sponsored by:

Project Centre

  Streets of the Future

Speakers included:

  • Nic Cary - DfT
  • Andy Cameron - WSP /Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Sam Neal - Project Centre
  • Tom Bailey - Almere Consulting
  • Dan Phillips - The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
  • Fran McMahon - DfT
  • Hazel Schofield - DfT
  • David Moores - Project Centre

This event looked at place shaping and how we deliver for people, understanding user behaviour and future demands and trends.  Speakers helped delegates understand a holistic view of how you design good urban space, enabling the building of diverse, inclusive places and liveable places. The programme, seeking to understand key factors in developing our streets of the future saw the afternoon session run as workshops.  Delegates were asked to consider what vision of the future do we want as transportation professionals and what are the implications?

Andrew Hugill, Director of Policy & Technical Affairs
 

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Andrew is the Director of Policy and Technical Affairs for The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, which represents over 14,000 members from the highways and transportation sector in over 85 countries worldwide. Members come from a range of professional backgrounds relating to the building, maintenance, operation, design and planning of transportation networks.

Throughout his career Andrew has been focussed on the development of improved highway services in the UK. He is experienced in operating at a strategic, tactical and operational level across a wide range of authorities and organisations and has over 25 years’ experience of developing partnership approaches to service delivery. Before joining CIHT Andrew was Director of Central and Local Government services at Atkins where he provided advice to a range of clients in the sector.

Andrew joined Atkins in January 2006 from 4ps where he was a senior executive advising local authorities on the best way to develop, procure and deliver PFI and PPP schemes .He has a deep knowledge and wide range of experience of developing successful partnerships across the UK highways sector, using a range of contractual models. His understanding of the structure, funding, service development, procurement and delivery in the sector lead to a secondment to UKTI in 2010 to produce a report on the capability of the UK Highways sector.

Andrew is recognised at a senior level professionally, being a Trustee of CIHT for 6 years and has chaired both its Procurement and Education boards. He is a former chair of the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of CIHT.
 

Nic Cary, Head of Data Policy, Department for Transport
 

Nic Cary photo smallNic Cary is Head of Data Policy at the Department for Transport. He is responsible for the Department’s transport data policy, strategy and outreach. His role shapes the data aspects of the Government Transformation Strategy to the context of a Department which helps keep Britain on the move. He is a frequent public speaker, where his focus is on evangelising the benefits of digital transformation and open data in the transport sector. Before taking up his present position, he led the team responsible for transforming digital services and open data at the Department’s 19 agencies and public bodies. Nowadays he emphasises that digital transformation is a business process, recognising that digital can have a techie image that is off-putting for non-technologists. He has been in digital for more than 20 years, having founded his own internet consultancy in 1995 and has since undertaken a wide variety of digital and technology roles, including that of CTO, technical architect and head of infrastructure. Previously he had a successful career at board-level in marketing communications.

Andrew Cameron, Director, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff
 

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Andrew is an engineer with a background in transportation, architectural engineering and urban design. He has over 20 years’ experience in how we can plan for movement whilst at the same time creating great streets and enjoyable places.

He has been involved in many regeneration and masterplanning projects for villages, towns and cities in the UK and around the world. These include the £8B Earls Court redevelopment which will stitch new London streets into the fractured fabric of this part of the city and Birmingham Connected which will address the over dominance of the motor vehicle to create better transit and a more walkable public realm. Internationally Andrew has worked on proposals for Chicago Lakeside, a community of 50,000 people with new city wide transit connections, a human scale, slow speed, strategic highway through the site and two miles of new lakeshore walking and bike trails. He is currently looking at movement and street design issues for a new mixed-use town of 40,000 people in Bahrain which will aim to internalise journeys, create better streets and more walkable neighbourhoods.

Andrew has acted as an advisor to Government for The House of Commons Select Committees on Housing and Sustainable Communities. He is co-author of national and local design guidance, including The Urban Design Compendium, Manual for Streets 1 and 2, Designing Streets (for the Scottish Government) and The Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual. He is a Design Review Panel Member for The Design Council CABE, MADE and OPUN.

Presentation Synopsis

Autonomous vehicles will be transformational. Across the country, they have the potential to support a better quality of life, economic growth, health, safety and social connection. They offer convenient and affordable mobility to all of us, regardless of where we live, our age or ability to drive. They could also help to improve the way that our existing places and routes work, while offering new potential for land value uplift, additional homes and jobs. Our recent work at WSP has focussed on their potential impact on places, spaces and our transport networks and how their arrival on our streets should be made into a great opportunity to enhance the public realm.

Paula Claytonsmith - Director, Strategy & Government Affairs, Gaist Solutions

Paula ClaytonsmithPaula has been at the heart of public sector innovation, transformation and local government improvement for many years. With key roles at national and government advisory level, Paula has an impressive legacy of being involved with high profile government initiatives and sectoral change for the benefit of local government services. 
 
Paula’s background has been management of a cross range of high profile frontline services in both small and large authorities. Paula joined the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) in 2000 as Assistant Director of Improvement. A strategic position that had responsibility for The Beacon Council Scheme, Academic best practice knowledge transfer, Best Value, Performance Management including KPIs, Council and Service improvement strategies including LEAN etc, Procurement, Climate Change and the Planning Advisory Service. She has written best practice guidance, inspection analysis, failure intervention strategies and advised Ministers on Local Government performance improvement techniques.
 
It was Paula's passion and innovations that led to the first ever 'Service based' Peer reviews within local government being developed in 2002 using unique Warwick University academic insights. Paula’s expert understanding of performance meant she was appointed joint Project Director on 'Performance Management, Measurement and Information' to the Audit Commission. This led to further links with Cranfield Institute on Politics of Performance. Paula's contribution to Local Government improvement meant she is regularly invited to speak nationally, write articles and has been previously been listed in the 'Top 40 under 40'. In 2011 Paula spent some time working in China, developing a strategy for a $50bn company, keen on promoting it’s ethical strategies to UK Government.
 
Paula has a deep understanding of the important role Elected Members and local politics have in local government services. She was selected and stood for London Borough elections and continues to be connected with Think Tanks, Policy Advisors to Political parties and a range of Government Departments including Cabinet Office, Defra, DCLG amongst others.
 
Paula joined Gaist to bring a wealth of her strategic experience to both existing and future areas of work for the Gaist and its growing partner and innovation councils.
 

Tom Bailey, Lead Consultant, Almere Consulting


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Tom Bailey is a Chartered Real Estate Surveyor and Sustainable Mobility Consultant working across regeneration and new housing projects.  Prior to starting Almere Consulting, Tom led Sustrans’ Built Environment team for North East England.

Tom is currently working on Dissington Garden Village, Northumberland, a new mixed use settlement which aims to create an exemplar for walking and cycling.  The project will combine low speed walkable neighbourhoods with a European style finely meshed cycling grid.

Tom also advises local authorities on site selection for potential new Garden Village projects, working as part of a wider North East and Yorkshire based collective of planners and urban designers - Studio Urban Area.

Tom is the author of a practical guide to “Planning Active Travel Networks in New Communities”, published by Almere Consulting.  The company is also undertaking research and development into Computer Vision sensors designed to monitor on street pedestrian, cyclist and motor vehicle behaviour.
 

Presentation Synopsis

Active Travel Networks in Garden Towns & Villages

Over the last five years cycling infrastructure guidance has been rewritten from the ground up.  The focus of new publications such as the London Cycle Design Standards has very much been on retrofit to existing streets.

There has been little attempt to translate this work into a format accessible for planners, architects and transportation professionals working on new housing development.  

MfS1&2 have little to say on cycling.  Designing for walking and cyling in new developments varies widely.  In many cases design quality is low with a consequentially low return on investment for the real estate industry.  

The government’s Garden Cities, Towns and Villages programme has created considerable momentum in bringing forward promotion of new settlements.  Awareness of important innovations which could contribute towards their success such as “cycle streets” is very low.

The industry has yet to think through how we can cost effectively combine Urbanist strategies for walkability with a sophisticated approach to bicycle networks. 

Sam Neal, Associate Director - Major Projects, Public Realm and Regeneration, Project Centre


Sam Neal photo smallSam Neal has over 12 years Local Authority experience in Town Centre Regeneration, Masterplanning, Public Realm and Highway schemes and Major Site Development.  With a strong track record of developing a vision for an area, securing external funding from organisations such as the GLA and Heritage Lottery Fund and delivering projects to budget, time and to an excellent standard Sam has delivered award-winning transformational change.  Leading multi-disciplinary teams Sam can facilitate stakeholder engagement and support for schemes, develop creative place-shaping interventions and ensure a project’s successful delivery, long-term sustainability and continued growth.

Presentation Synopsis -  Co-Design with the Community

Ensuring community buy-in to a scheme is essential to its long-term success and longevity.  However it is also important that you engage them in the right elements of the scheme, ones where they can have a genuine involvement, areas which are not technical and where they will see the outcome of their involvement.  Art installations provide a perfect opportunity to co-design an installation with the community, tapping into the history of an area, reconnecting the community with their place and creating a greater sense of ownership enabling long-term stewardship of the interventions.  Using real-life case-studies Sam Neal will explore the opportunities and challenges of community engagement and co-design, looking at how designers can best use the wealth of experience, expertise and passion which is present in a local community to enhance their schemes and ensure long-term success.

Dan Phillips, GATEway Project Manager, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art
 

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Dan studied at Imperial College and Cambridge University and is currently managing research at the Royal College of Art, developing a health service with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and a freelance design consultant.

His area of interest is the imperative to align community and organisational innovation with a commitment to equitable and sustainable development.
Technology and economic levers alone are poor masters. Systemic transformation is best achieved through empathic design, deep technical appreciation of the tools that we use to engage with each other and a clear understanding of the feedback between culture, technology and the environment on our attitudes and behaviours.

Key projects Dan has developed while at the Royal College of Art include new partnerships with Mind, the national health charity, initially looking at mental resilience in young people and with the Finance Innovation Lab, on Trust and the future of Audit in the 21st century. Dan is also working with Imperial College Health Trust on quality improvement in health education, with Chelsea and Westminster NHS on medical team support during emergencies and Aalto University on new models of learning and creative development.

Previously, Dan was Director for Sustainability at Buro Happold, running his own design and innovation practice, the SEA, and working with Arup on large scale built environment projects around the world.

At the SEA, major projects and clients included brand and service innovation for Orange and France Telecom, behaviour change services for young diabetics with NHS Scotland, a novel education platform for museums and schools with the Department for Culture Media and Sports, strategic environmental consultancy for Southwark Council, Whitby Bird and the Building Research Establishment, a range of shoes for Camper, as well as design & innovation services for a number of start ups.
 
Presentation synopsis - People + Mobility + Technology – A design perspective

This presentation will share with you some predictions on the shape and variety of future driverless vehicles; the hopes and fears of Londoners that were spoken to in workshops and exhibitions; and the design opportunities and challenges that we must consider if we are to create cities and mobility solutions that meet the needs and aspirations of city dwellers in the future.

 

Fran McMahon, Smart Cities Policy Manger, Department for Transport


Fran McMahon photoFran McMahon is the Smart Cities Policy Manager at the Department for Transport. She has worked at the Department for over a decade and advised on many policy areas including local transport funding and concessionary travel. She has worked most recently on the Bus Services Act.
 
Presentation Synopsis
 
What is the role of central government in encouraging the take-up of Smart transport innovations by local areas? Is government intervention needed to help shape the streets of the future and, if it is, what form should that intervention take?

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