Design Your Neighbourhood

Helping community groups get professional expertise to improve design in their neighbourhoods.

Design Your Neighbourhood was an initiative of Design Council CABE to help community groups get professional expertise to improve design in their neighbourhoods. It matched community groups with local design organisations, so that working together they could turn local ideas and aspirations for a better neighbourhood into action.

Re-claiming and Re-making Redcliffe Way:
Design Your Neighbourhood programme in action

Working with representatives of the Redcliffe community in Bristol, the Architecture Centre helped to provide built environment expertise to develop the community’s ideas towards transforming Redcliffe Way.

Redcliffe Way is a busy, 4-lane former dual carriageway that slices the surrounding neighbourhood in half. There is no centre and little sense of place or shared space. The people in Redcliffe wanted to change that and create a promenade of public space, a proper neighbourhood heart and a fitting gateway welcoming people to Bristol city centre.

The Architecture Centre facilitated a design review session and a co-design workshop with local residents supported by built environment professionals including  Jan Gehl, David Mackay, Andrew Grant and Peter Clegg.

The project also included a public consultation display at the Architecture Centre (20 Feb – 3 March 2013) and an engaging public event with Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, hosted by Arnolfini.

Listen to the talk: Power Heart Imagination


The Design Your Neighbourhood was part of the Design Council CABE’s Design Your Neighbourhood programme.