Ebbsfleet’s streets and public spaces – known as public realm – covers more than 25% of the land area of the Garden City.
The city’s streets, parks and open spaces are one of the most critical parts of the Garden City at Ebbsfleet. Together these shared outdoor spaces will provide the space for a wide range of activities for the city’s residents and visitors, both humans and creatures alike.
Today we expect our public realm to allow us to travel efficiently by car, bus, on foot and by bicycle, as well as supporting us to exercise, socialise, relax, celebrate and play safely in a green and attractive environment. On top of all this, our public realm must also help to manage air pollution, minimise flood risk, and all while being affordable to build, manage and maintain into the future. We often take our city’s streets for granted, but they work incredibly hard to keep us safe, healthy and active.
What is the Ebbsfleet Public Realm Strategy ?
Given these demanding requirements, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has been working on a Public Realm Strategy in partnership with Kent County Council, to develop designs and guidance for the streets and public spaces in the 21st Century Garden City. We have appointed Gillespies Landscape Architects to help us develop our strategy, which is organised into 6 design tools. Each design tool is intended to help to tackle a particular issue, and help design teams, planners and the local community in designing greener and healthier streets and public spaces for Ebbsfleet.
How can you help us develop better streets and public spaces in Ebbsfleet ?
EDC is now inviting everybody to review the draft version of this Public Realm Strategy. You can download a summary of the document, and each of the 6 design tools using the links below.
Tool 1 : Design Process Introduction to the Public Realm Strategy
Tool 2 : Landscape Character Overview
Tool 3 : Healthy Streets Evaluation Framework
Tool 4 : Worked Examples
Tool 5 : Hard Landscape Guidance
Tool 6 : Planting Strategy