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Elephant and Castle Spaceshaper

Draper Estate 106 Agreement CABE Space Spaceshaper facilitation

The challenge

The Draper Estate in London Borough of Southwark faced the challenge of a large private development happening on its doorstep, which held out the possibility of significant environmental regeneration as a result of a 106 agreement. The local authority team required a method of establishing how the diverse resident population felt about their environment and how they would go about prioritising its change for inclusive benefit. Whilst many objective, statistical means exist to measure certain objective criteria in public open space, there was no technique available to measure and record quality and the more subjective, experiential aspects from the diverse viewpoints of different stakeholders. Public open space managers and designers and stakeholders need this information in order to evaluate and improve the spaces and argue for funding to support and preserve quality.

What we did

Westley Design worked with residents of Draper Estate together with local government officers and councillors to explore how people felt about their landscape and to create a vision for how it might be inclusively improved in future. In particular this focussed on addressing key social issues such as safety, and the mutual accommodation of activity and amenities for both the older and younger generations.  In his role as a CABE Enabler, Mike Westley, was part of a project team who developed the Spaceshaper Tool and is an accredited Spaceshaper Facilitator. Westley Design successfully conducted “Spaceshaper” workshops with a range of residents and local government and regeneration professionals.

The result

The Spaceshaper workshops helped to generate a clear picture of how local people felt about their environment. The exercise led directly to a prioritised program of physical and management proposals going forward to the private developer’s team for inclusion in the development proposals.

Draper Estate workshopSpaceshaper spider diagramsCABE Space Spaceshaper

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