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Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone out there could think of any good examples of urban regeneration in areas adjacent to major arterial roads, highways etc.

We have a situation where we'd like to look at redevelopment either side of one such road, the final scale being possibly 8 to 10 stories of mixed use building with links between / over the highway.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks...
 

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a bit of a business park has sprung up around the new section of the M1 round leeds, junction 45 or 46 it might be.

whether it is successful or not, I have no idea.
 

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You're right, I didn't read the question fully. Most urgan regeneration is usually based around a body of water, rather than a main road!

The criteria are quite specific - Paddington Basin/Central is adjacent to the A40 but doesn't interact with it too much.
 

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The trouble is that such regeneration almost inevitably results in greater road traffic on the "major arterial roads, highways etc.", and this is now difficult to reconcile with the most up-to-date government planning guidance.

These developments need to be rejected, unless public transport is at the heart of the plans.


The £5-billion Brent Cross development is a good example.

It stradles the motorway-standard A406 North Circular Road (it was going to be renamed the M15 motorway in the late 1970s), with the M1 motorway and A5 and A41 roads close by.

(The drawing is looking west, from above the A41. The North Circular Road runs middle-right to just to the right of the tall buildings in the distance, where the M1 joins it.)

 

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It's not buildings based regeneration but in Blackpool they have been regenerating the central corridor along the main road in to Blackpool from the motorway.

There are three phases, the first has been completed, the 2nd is underway now and the third kicks of in two years time:

www.reblackpool.com/reblackpool/pages/dmblogspage.aspx?pageid=509

(in this one they built two massive climbing towers with welcome to Blackpool on them and a park for kids).

www.reblackpool.com/reblackpool/pages/dmblogspage.aspx?pageid=510

www.reblackpool.com/reblackpool/pages/dmBlogsPage.aspx?pageid=545
 

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Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone out there could think of any good examples of urban regeneration in areas adjacent to major arterial roads, highways etc.

We have a situation where we'd like to look at redevelopment either side of one such road, the final scale being possibly 8 to 10 stories of mixed use building with links between / over the highway.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks...
How about Weatherby services?
 

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Wetherby services isn't regeneration though.

Perhaps the East Leeds Link Road. It's only just been built so hasn't had much time to see whether it is succesfully regenerating the Aire Valley, but the signs are positive so far. The Gateway and Echo residential developments have been built at the City terminus of the road. New offices have been proposed along the route recently too.

On more established roads in Leeds, the A653 has been a major regeneration route. It's because it takes nearly all the traffic heading into the City from the M1 and M621, but that area is also 5-15mins (depending how far along the road you are) from City station and the main financial districts. This has made this major artery a very attractive place to invest. Developments that have been built on the route include City Walk and Bridgewater Place.

Both the A653 and East Leeds Link Road routes were originally dominated by light industry/warehouses. This is gradually changing.
 

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urban regeneration in areas adjacent to major arterial roads, highways etc.

We have a situation where we'd like to look at redevelopment either side of one such road, the final scale being possibly 8 to 10 stories of mixed use building with links between / over the highway.
Westfield, West London?

I would have though Manchester had a lot of brownfield regeneration alongside existing road links. Some out of town retail centres might actually be on old warehouses etc alongside arterial roads, e.g. Hatfield Galleria (A1).
 

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The ELLR was opened a long time after the gateway and echo were built, and is surrounded by light industry/warehouses. This is if anything set to increase, not reduce! Cross Green Industrial Park (and the lower Aire Valley) is now Leeds' biggest manufacturing cluster, and is intended to expand as a consequence of the new road. Although the council did seem to want to partially cop out of this and use some of the land as a way to meet housing targets, it seems unlikely that the issues identified with Knostrop Water Treatment Works can be resolved any time soon.
 

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Yes but they were built with the complete knowledge that those road schemes were coming and were going to be a major selling point, in terms of location, upon completion.
 

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What about the Sheffield Station Gateway and 'Golden Route' to the city centre? This took place on both sides of the A61 which separates the rail station from the rest of the city centre.

The works provided a new public space and sculpture to give a more pleasing view to those arriving by train, and also provided a new clear route, crossing the 4 lanes of the A61, to the city centre facilities.

 

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The trouble is that such regeneration almost inevitably results in greater road traffic on the "major arterial roads, highways etc.", and this is now difficult to reconcile with the most up-to-date government planning guidance.

These developments need to be rejected, unless public transport is at the heart of the plans.

Yes, I know what you mean, and thank you all for your replies. Some great links.

We are looking at an area that is essentially three sites: one an industrially zoned area backing onto a hill side which is used recreationally for mountain biking walking etc, then the highway, then another site also industrial sandwiched between the highway and a rail corridor, then a mixed use area on the other side of the railway leading onto to a small city centre.

A challenging scenario.

The highway also forms part of a gateway into the city area, and rather than accept the status quo that has the city entrance as an ugly industrial (and generally vacant) area, it seems that a mixed use solution with pedestrian links over from the city to the recreational area may work quite well.

The proposal would also utilize the existing railway station, and provide the transport support for residential also.

Quite an exciting scheme with good potential for a degree of urban regeneration in the area.


Any further comments would be welcomed.

Thankyou
 

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So let's have a game to guess where it is!

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Purely a first shot, you understand:

Is it Bangor, north Wales?
 
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