Government guide draws on landscape skills

Deputy PM works with urban designer to produce guide improving the running of public spaces

An urban designer at a landscape architecture firm has worked with deputy PM John Prescott on a good-practice guide on improving the running of public spaces. Leo Hammond, an urban designer at Allen Pyke Associates. researched and wrote Living Places: Caring for Quality, which dovetails with ideas in Presott’s Sustainable Communities plan and Government edicts on making public spaces more “liveable”. Hammond’s research for the Government guide found a worrying level of fragmentation to approaches to public space and its management. He insists good management and design are essential to improving those areas. The publication includes case studies, good-practice steps and a framework for local authorities and other “stakeholders” in improving the quality of the public realm. Hammond works with Katy Taylor and Hugo Frieszo at Allen Pyke Associates, which is based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

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