The public realm is made up of streets and spaces that can be freely accessed by the public. It encompasses streets, parks, squares, pedestrian and cycle routes as a network of interconnected spaces. Good quality public realm is essential in creating environments that people want to live and work in.
The work of the Regeneration Team on public realm projects aims to provide a co-ordinated approach to the design of public realm. A Worthing Street Furniture guide was produced in 2008. The Guide sets out the approach to street furniture in Worthing, design and character styles and specifications for seating, bins, bollards, signs, cycle racks and vegetation.
Adur District Council, Brighton & Hove City Council, West Sussex County Council, Shoreham Port Authority and the Homes and Communities Agency joined together and appointed BDP in September 2011 to prepare a streetscape guide for the Shoreham Harbour area. The purpose of this guide is to help councils and developers of future projects in the area deliver cohesive and high quality public realm no matter who delivers it and in which council area it is located.
Other projects have focused on public realm improvements that reinforce the image and identity of different areas of the District and Borough. One example is the installation of a village sign in Broadwater. This sign marked the centre of Broadwater and celebrated the historical culture of the local area. Tanya Milne, a student at Northbrook College, created the design which was then hand-crafted by Kyle Swann, a local Sussex blacksmith, and erected on the grass verge outside Cricketers Parade.
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