Urban Design for Health

Catherine has been working with Professor Nick Tyler of University College London on a suite of projects researching how best to design access and mobility for all ages into a major new housing development.  This comprises laboratory and community-based research spanning the choice of materials used to build footways through to routes and modes for accessing health services and community assets such as the nature reserve and river path.  We are also collaborating with Sustrans and Living Streets on a range of activities to encourage people to be more active in their everyday lives and find out more about the place they live. Taken together, these projects will contribute to the evidence base around healthy ageing, ‘place attachment’ and the role of ‘blue space’ in enhancing health and wellbeing. Importantly, the community co-design methodology will inform further work when Professor Tyler establishes a new and innovative community-centred research laboratory in Dagenham.