STREET IMPROVEMENTS IN HISTORIC AREAS

This brochure offers guidance on the treatment of streets and public spaces in historic areas, to ensure that their special townscape qualities are more appropriately considered in future. It is especially relevant for highway engineers, planners, architects, urban designers working on environmental improvements, conservation officers, and utility companies conducting road repairs. It is important to fully recognise local historical traditions, before any proposed improvements are carried out. Care should be taken when handling existing historical surfaces, and some local authorities (LAs) have coordinated strategies for maintaining, repairing and extending them; LAs should keep appropriate records about them. Before proposals for street improvements are prepared, an informed townscape analysis and historical research should be conducted, to identify the nature and details of the original surfacing. Where it is appropriate, pedestrianisation can usually be achieved without removing common features of the original street scene. The scale, types, and bonding patterns of materials should be properly considered. New signs and street furniture should be well integrated into the street design as a whole. Other aspects considered are: access for the disabled, safety, repairs, and available improvement grants.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ENGLISH HERITAGE

    FORTRESS HOUSE, 23 SAVILE ROW
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  W1X 1AB
  • Publication Date: 1993-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00668164
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM