Utilising the community priorities identified through the engagement, the council have identified an initial five projects to progress.
This will be made up of five studies with outputs including a project brief, feasibility drawings (if appropriate), outline costing and an outline business/legacy plan (if appropriate). This information will aid the council and community to work towards securing funding to deliver these projects.
The engagement has also demonstrated people’s interest and support for the wider set of project ideas, with many people coming forward to actively help develop them. All the ideas will remain part of the Community Plan with the hope that they are developed separately, in addition to the initially progressed five projects, whether in parallel or at a later date. Ideas for how the projects could be separately progressed by the council and/or community are included in the consultation summary report. To read this report please click on the link: ‘Engagement Summary and Proposed Next Steps’.
Five Progressed Project Ideas
(Click on the project title to read more about the ideas.)
Focusing on the town-centre and neighbouring greenspace, the consultants will produce a brief for the Council and Town Team to commission a wayfinding strategy, graphic language, and specific interventions. The brief will outline the routes and riches of Chipping Barnet, opportunity locations for different signage projects, and a variety of wayfinding strategies to support the community’s aims of developing an identity around its unique rambling economy.
Focusing on the junction of the High Street and Wood Street, outside of the College, the consultants will produce an aspirational image to propose a vision to activate and green the public realm around the historic centre and make the junction outside the college safer. This work will summarise and map opportunities and challenges identified by the community, and develop a vision for what is possible to enable the Council to commission a comprehensive design of the area, as well as further community engagement. The proposals will aim to improve connectivity in this area; considering carefully how the public realm can better support historic and community assets so they become more accessible and active onto the street.
Focusing on the Old Courthouse Park, the consultants will produce a brief for a holistic play masterplan of the park. The brief will include opportunities for play interventions which explore physical, sensory and planting elements, identify ways to improve accessibility and reduce anti-social behaviour, and provide play for all ages. The brief can then be used by the council and community as a starting point to commission designers to develop a play masterplan for the Old Courthouse Park, testing ideas for play projects across the wider town centre area.
In this study, the consultants will develop proposals for a ‘demonstration’ project of how the Council could use a vacant high street asset to achieve the community plans aims of providing a flexible workspace for the town centre. The proposal will include a business case for how a co-working space could function and be operated to serve Chipping Barnet’s residents and businesses, and explore opportunities to integrate elements of the High Street Incubator and Family Hub projects. As a result of this work, the community and Council will have a briefing pack with which to launch operator procurement, as well as discussions with local people who have expressed an interest in operating a local co-working space.
Focusing on the town centre, the consultants will identify suitable sites to host an employment hub and develop concept designs and a business case for how such a project can be delivered in Chipping Barnet. The consultants feasibility study will provide the Council with a concept scheme and outline business case to allow Council to understand the development potential of a site and be positioned to seek further funding to enable the project to be realised.