Oct 3, 2014

RIBA Streetscape Competition Winner

RIBA NE Streetscape

RIBA North East Streetscape asked for designs for a family of street furniture to improve access and use of city centre amenities for all. The shortlisted entries were displayed in the RIBA’s Architruck in Newcastle’s city centre and we are pleased to announce we won.

The concept behind the design: Newcastle City Council has invested heavily in the Insite Environments designed furniture in and around Grainger Town since 2000. As parts of the public realm develop around the city, the council continue to install the family of furniture. It is well designed; it continues to look modern and contemporary and is unique to Newcaslte city centre.

We spent time observing how people use this type of furniture along with other types around the city centre. We believe that the design of an “Age Friendly” streetscape should be; Familiar, Legible, Accessible, Distinctive, Comfortable, Safe

With this in mind and a view that some of Newcastle’s streetscape meets some of these criteria already, our approach has looked at adaption of the familiar rather than a whole new family of furniture. The question we posed ourselves was; How could various existing family types be adapted to make the furniture and streetscape “Age friendly”.

Roosje Barr, Interim Regional Director of RIBA advised

The judging panel were very impressed by the range, quality and imagination of the entries and had a challenging task in selecting the winners, so to receive the top accolade is an excellent result.

Paul Yeomans, director of the Newcastle, Medical Architecture office, congratulated his team that worked with him on the Streetscape scheme, Louise Vitty, Ryan Doran and Nickie Lindsay.