Urban Design for Health

Catherine is collaborating with Shared Assets and London National Park City to explore 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. We’re particularly interested in what they might mean for providing tranquil spaces to complement the excitement that characterises urban life.  You can read a brief write-up of our inaugural event on the Landscape, Gardens and Health Network blog.

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. 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 was shortlisted for the prestigious Landscape Institute Awards 2018.