Creating Garden Communities

Creating Garden Communities

A new set of principles for modern times

In response to the Government’s announcement at the start of 2017 to use garden cities and towns as a way of supporting much-needed housing delivery across 14 key regions in the UK, PBA launched the 'Creating Garden Communities' blog series to review the original principles of the garden city movement and discuss how these need to be updated to be relevant to the challenges of tomorrow.

In the first of these blogs, PBA's Tim Allen drew on his experience of the emerging story at Ebbsfleet, where we have been engaged for over 25 years, as well as our experience on many of the Government named garden settlement schemes around the country.

In subsequent posts, we explored some of the emerging principles in more detail and the complete series is now available as a printed publication. We hope that this publication will contribute to a better understanding of how garden style communities can be developed to provide sustainable places where people will want to live, work and play – as well as to make a contribution to meeting future housing needs.

In September 2018, PBA was delighted to win the Ebbsfleet Garden City Design Competition as part of the H.A.L.O model team. In the judges’ view, the HALO concept fulfilled exactly what they had hoped for: a design that was radical, but realisable. The panel was also excited by its possibilities, particularly because the design reflected the ‘three magnets’ concept developed by the garden city movement’s founder, Ebenezer Howard.

PBA's Ron Henry commented:

“PBA offered valuable engineering insight into the proposed vision making this a realistic and deliverable proposal. With our broad range of skills and knowledge of similar schemes delivered, we were able to demonstrate pragmatic design solutions that appealed to the selection panel. We are proud to be part of the innovative HALO model and team with Bradley Murphy Design and JTP.”

Series posts

Garden cities: do they have a future?

Garden cities: do they have a future?

Could Howard’s original vision, that the Garden City Movement would resolve fundamental social and community problems for both city and country dwellers, be lost?

The healthy garden city

The healthy garden city

With the connections between place, mobility, health and wellbeing now increasingly present in our policy conversations, are we finally catching up with the Garden City pioneers?

The disruptive 4th Industrial Revolution and its impact on Garden Cities

The disruptive 4th Industrial Revolution and its impact on Garden Cities

The UK needs to be ready for a truly disruptive 4th Industrial Revolution.

Garden cities: lighter, faster, cheaper

Garden cities: lighter, faster, cheaper

Can we realise the dream of a cleaner, greener, and more economical garden city?

Garden cities and movement: achieving 'good growth'

Garden cities and movement: achieving 'good growth'

Why factoring in travel trends and achieving 'good growth' should be so important to the garden cities movement.

Planning policy challenges of the garden city model

Planning policy challenges of the garden city model

The challenges facing planners are markedly different to when the original Garden Settlements were being planned 100 years ago.

Garden cities: redefining the principles for modern times

Garden cities: redefining the principles for modern times

This first blog piece in our Creating Garden Communities series sets the scene for us to explore what these new principles might be.

Publication

Creating Garden Communities

PBA reviews the original principles of the garden city movement and how these need to be updated to be relevant to the challenges of tomorrow.

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Creating Garden Communities

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Key people

Tim Allen

Tim Allen

Director - Land Development Midlands

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell

Director - Community Development and Infrastructure

Jonathan Riggall

Jonathan Riggall

Director – Energy and Natural Resources

Bernard Greep

Bernard Greep

Director - Planning and Growth

Jane Hirst

Jane Hirst

Director– Planning and Growth

Sarah Matthews

Sarah Matthews

Director – Transport Planning

Bob Pinkett

Bob Pinkett

Director - Passenger Transport

Alan Swan

Alan Swan

Director – Transport

Ron Henry

Ron Henry

Director – Midlands and East

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