Leonard Circus in Hackney is east London's first example of a ‘shared space' street, which is a design concept first inspired by the work of Dutch traffic engineer Hans Monderman, which brings together pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in a harmonious environment. The shared space scheme was completed by VolkerHighways and London Borough of Hackney's highways team.
The new shared street includes granite block paving across the entire area with a number of benches and mature trees on the outermost area of the square, giving it a unique feel to the usually structured crossroad. In 2015 this will form part of the Super Cycle Highway Route 1.
VolkerHighways carried out the following works:
During construction, we closed off the works areas to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. We provided gates and access paths through the site at all times for emergency services. A diversion route was also set up with traffic management to make sure there were minimal delays to the traffic flow.
VolkerHighways worked over 11,000 person-hours on the project without incident or accident.
We carried out the construction work in sections to allow access to businesses at all times. Our liaison manager worked with stakeholders and members of the public to maintain effective communication.
The benefits of the scheme include the following:
Leonard Circus has been shortlisted for the Design Award and the People's Choice Award at this year's Hackney Design Awards 2014.
VolkerHighways has been awarded the full four year extension to the Hackney highways term maintenance contract. The contract,...