Urban Design for Health

Barking Riverside in London and Northstowe in Cambridgeshire are two Healthy New Town demonstrator sites sponsored by NHS England.

Catherine represented Care City as co-lead of the Barking Riverside development phase. Her work culminated in a funded delivery plan based on researcher and practitioner input of evidence and good practice alongside extensive community engagement to ascertain local priorities, opportunities and capacities. Integral to the approach are 10 Healthy New Town Principles now embedded in the S106 agreement between the council and developer. To put these principles into practice, Catherine worked with Sustrans, Living Streets and Professor Nick Tyler of University College London on a suite of projects investigating how best to design access and mobility for all ages into a major new housing development.  These projects contribute to the evidence regarding healthy ageing, ‘place attachment’ and the role of ‘blue space’ in enhancing health and wellbeing.

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 embeds lifelong health, activity and exploration into the new town’s physical environment. This strategy has been nominated for the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards 2018.