Winning streak continues for Ashford shared space scheme 

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5 Oct 2009 | Winning streak continues for Ashford shared space scheme 

The pioneering shared space scheme in Ashford, Kent, on which Whitelaw Turkington (part of the Grontmij group) acted as lead designer has won another award to add to the existing haul. 

The project to de-ring the ring road which incorporated elements of shared space, won the Regeneration and Renewal award for ‘Best Local Authority Regeneration Team’ and was ‘Highly Commended’ in the category for the ‘Best Designed Project’.

Multi-award winning

This is the latest in a string of awards that the shared space scheme has won in recent months, including:
• ‘Highway’ award - Street Design awards
• ‘Innovation and Design’ award - Landscape Institute
• ‘Innovation’ award  - Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Kent and Sussex branch
• ‘Public Realm’ award - Sustain Magazine
• ‘Highly Commended’ - Institute of Highways and Transportation (IHT) awards

The success of the Ashford scheme is also evidenced by local councils across the country expressing interest in adopting similar plans including Southend-on-Sea, Staines, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hereford and Edinburgh.

'A unique project'

On receiving this latest accolade, Lindsey Whitelaw, Managing Director of Whitelaw Turkington comments, “This is yet a further boost to the credibility of what is a unique project. We are delighted to have played a central role in creating a distinctive public realm, which should help pave the way for future growth in the town.”

Combining art, engineering and environment

The Ashford scheme represents the country’s first large scale transformation of a ring road into a series of integrated streets including shared spaces that allow equal priority for all road users. Whitelaw Turkington’s designs have combined art, engineering and environment to create attractive, functional and sustainable public spaces.