TMS has recently completed a Stage 3 Quality Audit in New Market Street in Hereford City Centre.
The public realm improvements constructed in New Market Street in Hereford are part of a wider overall scheme associated with the redevelopment of the Hereford Livestock Market site. The design for New Market Street is aimed at improving visual and movement links between the retail development site on the north side of New Market Street and the City Centre on the south side.
The main elements of the scheme are alterations to the signal-controlled Widemarsh Gate junction at the east end of the scheme, the replacement of a pedestrian subway at the west end with a surface level puffin crossing, and the provision of a wider median strip along the full length, which will incorporate trees and cycle stands.
Overall, the scheme creates a more pedestrian friendly environment on this very busy traffic route, and helps to redress the balance between vehicle and pedestrian needs. Quality materials were used throughout, and pedestrian guard-railing was removed from the street scene.
TMS worked together with Phil Jones Associates to provide a Quality Audit throughout the design and construction stages.
Steve Proctor, Director at TMS and member of the Quality Audit Team said: “on large public realm schemes such as this a Quality Audit provides the client with much more than just a review of the safety implications of the scheme. Safety is one of a number of factors that we consider, along with mobility and access issues, and also a visual place check.”
The photo shows the shared surface area of the scheme from Widemarsh Gate looking towards the main retail development.