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Designing and developing grey spaces to encourage everyday activity

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The design of where we live, and work, plays a vital role in keeping us active.

Active design is about building and developing where we live to encourage activity as a part of our everyday behaviour. London as a connected, vibrant city is often built and designed in ways that make it conducive to leading a more sedentary life.

London is a constantly changing landscape, with new housing, regenerated estates, developing business districts occurring across all 33 London Boroughs. With the changes constantly faced, there are also places that fall out of use while they are waiting for development, or because their original purpose no longer stands.

Imagine if all that space was used by supporting Londoners to lead more physically active lives, how different our city would be.

June’s Community of Practice is for local authority officers working in planning, communities and regeneration, with an interest in development of space leading to more active environments.


09:45-10:30: Designing space: Looking at the Active Design principles from Sport England

10:30-10:40: BREAK

10:40-11:25: Practical Examples of space development: 15 minute examples

  • Croydon Regeneration Project – Understanding why and how Croydon Council Regeneration team have developed an underused grey space to support community engagement before redevelopment takes place.
  • Estate Grey Space improvements – Play innovations present on their partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Housing department to develop their estate based grey space to be a focal point for all ages of the community.
  • London City Runners – How the community of runners developed a railway arch into a social focal point for the club.

11:25-11:35: BREAK

11:35-12:30: Funding spaces– An introduction to the GLA Good Growth fund

12:30: END

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