Adapting town centres post Covid-19
A London borough commissioned a project to identify the success factors in reopening and adapting town centres during Covid-19 to consider how their draft framework may need to change.
To apply knowledge and experience gained pre-pandemic and to analyse research reports and data on Covid-19 to identify the success factors in reopening and adapting town centres.
The project would:
- Build a picture of the situation during and post Covid-19 restrictions
- Analyse data from High Street Task Force, Centre for London, Centre for Cities and other sources in the context of the town centre
- Understand the role of key stakeholders
- Educate stakeholders on how they could deliver change
- Consider if any adaptions were needed to the town centre draft framework
The resulting report and action plan enabled the council to:
- Identify interventions they could make in the short term to support local businesses
- Map out long-term objectives by creating employment and workspaces (via empty units/assets that the council owned)
- Ensure that the town centre remained easy to access and that residents were able to move around safely as lockdown eased
- Provided recommendations that focused on changes that could also be applied to the existing town centre framework in light of the pandemic