Creating better cities by
improving the value of the public realm

Public Sector

The purpose of the Toolkit for the Public Sector is to provide a rational basis for public realm improvements and the level to which such changes improve amenity, increase economic output and levels of walking.

This could include:

  • improved access to public transport as a consequence of changes to the public realm (improving the quality of the journey).
  • improved economic and social condition as a consequence of public realm changes (improving the quality of the place).

For the Public Sector the Toolkit can comprise one or more of these processes:

  • A Built Form Audit (physical assessment of the relationship between buildings and the public realm)
  • An Edge Condition Audit (graduated functional assessment of the edge condition on centre dynamics/relationships) 
  • A Walkability Audit

The Audits can help to explain why a centre performs the way it does, what can be done to change it and the level to which a centre is pedestrian or car dependent.

A detailed Walkability Audit is based on performance criteria and uses a rigorous scoring system that assesses all influences that affect the walking journey and runs a balanced assessment on two market segments:

  • People going to the place
  • People going through the place.

The detailed audit uses a time-tested and internationally recognised software program tied to a GIS, and provides a definitive statement of the current condition, what can be done to improve it, and benefit cost. Further analysis can include Benefit Cost Ratio assessment for uplift in Public Transport use and time savings, calculations of Carbon Dioxide emission savings, public health improvement assessment, land value uplift assessment.