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  • Car park design:lessons of Design ReviewDavid Tittle, Chief Executive, MADE12th September 2012
  • July 2010, Leamington 2
  • July 2010, Leamington“...the importance of good landscaping to the spacebetween the superstore and the office building; whilstthere will be parking with disabilities in this area, thesecar spaces should be located informally within a park-like setting rather than in a regimented row alongside astraight access road.The proposed tree planting in the main car park isparticularly welcome; it was suggested that the parkinglayout be arranged in gentle curves to respond thegeometry of the office buildings.The objective should be that this area between thesupermarket and offices is seen as a public space inwhich cars are allowed to park rather than a car parkwhich the public are obliged to navigate.” 3
  • May 2010, Droitwich 4
  • May 2010, Droitwich“The panel frequently has cause to comment on thedesign of areas for car parking. If the area to therear of the new building is laid with tarmac andmarked out very rigidly with parking spaces it willsimply be a car park, and seen as a utilitarianservice space. It is possible however, to think ofthese spaces as amenity areas in which cars areallowed to park. For example the panel frequentlysuggests the use of more relaxed materials such asloose or bonded gravel, but in this case that mightappear too rustic. Perhaps a more urban‘courtyard-garden’ feel with paving sets andcontained planting might be considered.” 5
  • February 2010, Sandwell 6
  • February 2010, Sandwell The Panel offered the suggestion that two groups of three houses could be arranged on the southern corner with their back gardens together, while the north west corner (which is the least favourable area for locating homes and gardens) could then accommodate all the parking.The number of car spaces in the layout mayexceed demand, but if this area is designed in aninformal way, with generous tree planting and(say) a bound gravel surface, it could be anattractive amenity area when not parked up to itscapacity. 7
  • January 2010, Redditch 8
  • January 2010, Redditch it was concerned that this central courtyard could be dominated by regimented car parking, with the communal meeting and play area marooned in the centre. It suggested that the courtyard be designed and surfaced as one attractive area, with car spaces tucked into informal discreet groupings around the development. In general, it suggested an informal approach to the hard landscaping with minimal definition of roads, pavements and parking bays.• 9
  • September 2010, Redditch 10
  • September 2010, Redditch The new layout has significantly changed in response to the comments made by the panel in January, notably the creation of a more sensitive people oriented public realm. The housing layout now creates a single cohesive scheme that faces into a shared space not dominated by road geometries or parking bays. 11
  • February 2012,Newcastle-under-Lyme 12
  • February 2012, Newcastle-under-LymeThe panel’s feeling was that the developer and localauthority should work together on a major landscapedesign and improvement initiative for the site and itsenvirons. This should be led by a firm with specificexpertise in landscape design and should precede thedesign of the car park. Further tree-planting on theslopes could be part of this.Such a landscape study would help determine the formof the car park. We would like to see the currentregimented arrangement broken up and considerationgiven to how users walk across the car park once theyleave their cars. The windswept nature of the car parkneeds to be mitigated by suitable planting. 13
  • conclusions• how can we create space for cars which is not hard, geometrical, dominant?• not just technical - cultural 14