Trafford Design Code


Streets and Public Realm

Design codes for streets, public realm and open space


Successfully designed streets facilitate all types of movement whilst creating safer and more attractive places for people to move through and congregate. Improved walking routes make short journeys on foot a more attractive option and make connecting to public transport easier and safer for all. Local context is important, each street or space needs to be considered individually and there is no one size fits all solution meaning different designs will be appropriate depending on the location.

Features of streets and public realm

  • Multi transport modes
  • Active travel encouraged
  • Large segregated cycle lanes
  • Places for sitting
  • Sustainable urban drainage swales
  • Rain gardens
  • Street trees in tree pits
  • Trees in open pits
  • Bus shelters
  • Wayfinding maps
  • Clutter free level pathways
  • Places for outdoor dining
  • Footway lighting

All street and public realm case studies

Altrincham Town Centre

by Planit IE and Civic Engineers for Trafford Council The use of consistent and high quality materials harmonise the public realmThis is the space between

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Abode, Cambridge

Abode, Cambridge by Proctor and Matthews / BBUK Studio Limited for Countryside Properties Timber cladding, gable ends, a pedestrian focused public realm and generous planting

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Bonn Square, Oxford

Bonn Square, Oxford by Graham Massie In retaining that which is essential and of historic value, and by folding a taut sandstone surface over its

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Wellington Place, Leeds

Wellington Place, Leeds by DLG, Arup, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Architects (FCBS), Carey Jones and Gillespies, Martha Schwartz (Landscape) Wellington Place marks an important part

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Egham Gateway

Egham Gateway master plan by Allford Monaham Morris Egham Gateway is a new mixed use development in the Runnymede borough of Surrey. Four mixed use

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New Road, Brighton

New Road, Brighton by Gehl Architects and Landscape Projects The modified street re-opened in 2007, with a shared granite surface with no delineation between the

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London Design District

London Design District by various Design District is London’s first permanent, purpose-built workspace for the creative industries. 16 buildings by eight pioneering architects, one minute

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Permeable paving options