Building places for healthy lives

Building places for healthy lives

New and growing communities are placing health at the centre of their planning ‘toolkit’ to deliver better opportunities for people and more favourable economic outcomes.

It is argued that by prioritising good physical, mental and social health, challenges will be easier to overcome resulting in a more productive and innovative population.

This can be achieved through the promotion of active travel such as better cycle parking infrastructure, the creation of shared community space such as plazas and green spaces, the addition of planting and leisure features for people of all ages and abilities including playgrounds and sports and outdoor gym facilities.

Key Cities, a network of 25 cities from cross England and Wales, outlined its vision in its report The Healthy City.

It is calling for a reform of the planning system to achieve better outcomes for communities.

It comes at a time when the Government is trialling a new design programme, empowering communities to have a bigger say on the development of new homes, buildings, amenities and infrastructure in their area.

Health first
The ‘health first’ approach is said to have the potential to overcome issues such as pollution, loneliness and physical inactivity.

Creating attractive and accessible places for all is a core principle of the strategy, with good design supporting thriving places.

Streets for a Healthy Life is a new guide to best practice in design, published by Homes England, and also calls for places to be created first and foremost for people.

It says the presence of planting and street furniture has a large part to play in achieving a sense of place, while walking, cycling and public transport should be prioritised as the most important modes of travel.

Design Code Pathfinder
The pathfinder forms part of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda and aims to deliver more beautiful and sustainable places by allowing communities to decide street layouts and types of building materials.

An initial 25 councils are taking part in the scheme focusing on issues such as regenerating urban areas, reflecting local character in developments and revamping town centres.

Again the work of the Pathfinder will feed into good practice guidance.

Vision to reality
At Broxap Street Furniture they offer decades of experience in transforming the public realm whether it be residential streets, green spaces, retail areas, schools or commercial sites.

Through their innovative and attractive cycle parking products we can help encourage physical activity with the provision of cycling infrastructure.

Their playground division, Hand Made Places, designs, manufactures and installs inclusive play and learning areas in the community and in education settings.

Their wide range of play equipment, playground furniture and Trim Trails are designed so children of all abilities can play and socialise together.

Meanwhile they can help to link up space for play with community life through seating and planters, protection for street trees and canopies to accommodate events and performances.

Their picnic benches are a great addition to these spaces, encouraging people to come together, enjoy a drink or a meal and share experiences.

They can also help communities to create spaces which reflect their town’s identity through customisation or the addition of crests, mottos or brand colours.

Free access to health and fitness facilities is another passion for them. Their Sunshine Gym division designs outdoor gyms to help users achieve their fitness aims whether they are beginners or enjoy exercising regularly.

They also manufacture football goals and rugby posts for recreation areas. These are tough enough to withstand regular use and exposure to the elements for a long lasting investment.

From developers to decision makers, Broxap can help those involved in the creation and running of their neighbourhoods to embrace new thinking to create better places to live, work and visit.

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