13th February 2003

 

ARCHITECTS HELP RESIDENTS RE-DESIGN THEIR STREET 

 

A project to involve residents in designing a continental style Home Zone in a Hull neighbourhood will be launched with a special display this Saturday (15th February).

 

Residents of Albany Street are being invited to an exhibition which will explain what a Home Zone is and outline how the residents can participate in the design of the street.

 

The display will consist of panels describing the Home Zone concept, a public access computer where residents will be able to cast votes online for a range of different design options, and a ‘video soapbox’ for recording people’s views on the proposed scheme.

 

First pioneered in the 1970s in the Netherlands, Home Zones are an attempt to strike a balance between vehicular traffic and all the other users of the street, from cyclists and pedestrians to local businesses, residents and children.

 

The Hull School of Architecture and Hull City Council Traffic Section are working in partnership with all the residents in the area to develop a concept design showing how the street will look as a Home Zone. 

 

The Home Zone will encourage motorists to drive with more care and at lower speeds by means of physical alterations to the street.  Other features could include the use of seating, planting, play areas, enhanced lighting and different surface treatments.

 

“We are keen to get as much input from the residents as possible,” said Dr Carl O’ Coill, project manager and lecturer in Architecture, Development and Regeneration at the University of Lincoln.

 

“As well as the project architects, there will be three representatives present from the development charity Action Aid.  Action Aid will work with residents and the School of Architecture to help adapt some of the techniques which they have used in other locations around the world to involve people in regeneration and development projects.”

 

The launch will take place between 1.00 pm and 7pm this Saturday at the Home Zone office, 22 Albany Street, Hull.  The exhibition will remain on display for six weeks after the launch.

 

For more information about Home Zones contact Dr. Carl O’Coill (Hull School of Architecture) on 01482 462016 / 07957760453 (m) or Andy Mayo (Hull City Council Traffic Section) on 01482 612096.

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk