The strategic approach to the city centre aims to capitalise on the existing assets of the topography, the encircling park and countryside spaces, and the high quality built heritage of the city on the hill.
City-wide action plan
City centre masterplan parameters
Illustrative masterplan for the development of the city centre over a 30 year time-frame
Study model examining the potential for repair, infill and intensification of the fragmented post-war urban grain east of St. Peter’s Street
Illustration of the proposed new civic square fronted by a refurbished Alban Arena and a new Winter Garden
Illustration of the proposed intimate alleyways leading off St. Peter’s Street, completing a retail circuit and activating the existing backland plots
View of one of a chain of intimate and convivial court spaces at the heart of the potential development site west of St. Peter’s Street
Illustrations of the close-grained fabric and high quality public realm proposed by the masterplan – looking from a new square on Victoria Street towards a site identified for larger scale ‘big box’ development embedded within the urban block
St Albans City and District Council
Urban Practitioners / the Landscape Partnership / Alan Baxter Associates / CB Richard Ellis / Rocket Science/ Future Unwrapped /
5th Studio worked with Urban Practitioners on a year-long project to develop a 30 year Vision for St Albans – one of Britain’s most prosperous cities, and a designated growth area forecasted to accommodate 7,200 new homes by 2021.
The project provides an overarching vision for its future – from a regional scale through to the very particular environmental, economic and social conditions of the town itself. With broad stakeholder and community engagement, our work has been enthusiastically endorsed within the city and is now beginning to influence planning policy in the district.
A masterplan and public realm strategy for the city centre – in particular the margins of the central area, currently dominated by poor quality service areas, car parking and highway – forms a more detailed focus for the project. A key challenge is how to capture commercial interest and value now, whilst also aiming to ensure the broader vitality and sustainability of the city over a 30 year timeframe.
The success of this project has relied upon working with, and synthesising, a wide range of stakeholder inputs, including land-owners and businesses. Within this, we sought to establish a clear vision for the future of the city – an act, to some extent, of market positioning and ‘branding’ – and to highlight the possible role of the built environment in defining this.