Flexibility is better than prophecy
We know that shopping patterns are changing and retail is evolving, people are spending more time around their homes and the distinction between home and work is blurring. The pandemic has only accelerated those changes. What worked for local and district centres in the past is not the template for the future. When considering the design and layout of community spaces we need to focus on local, support emerging businesses and create places that can adapt and be flexible in their use. Crucially we need to consider a day in the life of someone living and working in this new community and respond to their emerging needs through ongoing engagement.
It feels like it’s been here forever
You know that things are working when the immediate reaction to a new community is not how new it is but how established it feels. Of the developments we have taken through from inception, none of the homes are more than six years old, yet within those same communities, there are a wide range of facilities, meanwhile uses and spaces supporting active and vibrant communities. Local businesses are thriving, kids are outdoors playing and the residents are proud of where they call home.