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Ashford Ring Road

Redevelopment of the ring road as one of the first shared surface streets



CHALLENGE

The town centre of Ashford, the largest market town in the east of Kent was cut off from adjacent neighbourhoods and the mainline train station by a 5 lane ring road, which had become a race track. It was had been superseded by the M20. Proposals were developed by Anna Tennent as part of the Kent Design Team to show how the ring road could be altered to stitch the town back together.

INNOVATION

Following a study visit to the Netherlands and Germany to look at developing shared surface streets and junctions; Anna developed a proposal to develop a narrowed ring road into a shared surface boulevard. The proposal also looked at the Ashford’s neighbourhood character and re-orientated the town towards the south and opened up development opportunities that could take advantage of the new International station being built by Eurotunnel.

IMPACT

The proposals were well received by the Ashford Councillors and Development Control teams who initiated a planning and project brief process, which led to the redevelopment of the ring road as one of the first shared surface streets in the Untied Kingdom.

PROJECT FACTS

Project Type: Planning, Regeneration
Location: Ashford,Kent, UK
Date: 2002
Contract Value: N/A

EXPERTISE

Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Master Planning, Regeneration, Planning, Sustainable Design, Partnership Working