Urban Design for Health

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity have commissioned Catherine, Future of London and the King’s Fund to develop solutions and offer practical advice for tackling health inequalities in Lambeth and Southwark through action on housing. This is one strand in a major 10-year programme focusing on how people living in diverse urban communities develop multiple long-term health conditions – and aiming to help slow people’s progression from one long-term condition to many.

Catherine’s ongoing collaboration with Shared Assets and London National Park City is exploring whether and how the 5 Ways to Wellbeing can provide a useful way to approach the role of place in improving health and reducing health inequalities. You can read a brief write-up of our inaugural event on the Landscape, Gardens and Health Network blog. We’re delighted to be working with Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel, developing ideas for how redesigned Mallon Gardens can be rejuvenated as a community asset.

Barking Riverside in London and Northstowe in Cambridgeshire are two Healthy New Town demonstrator sites sponsored by NHS England. As co-lead of the Barking Riverside development phase, Catherine produced a funded delivery plan based on researcher and practitioner input of evidence and good practice alongside extensive community engagement. Integral to the approach are 10 Healthy New Town Principles now embedded in the S106 agreement between the council and developer. In Northstowe, Catherine worked with landscape architects Chris Blandford Associates and Tim Gill of Rethinking Childhood to devise a play and healthy living strategy which was shortlisted for the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards 2018.