The 15-Minute City
King Street, a road which was initially built as a direct link from the North of the city to the City Centre now serves as a problematic congested traffic route. The street has the potential to be redesigned primarily with the interests of its pedestrian users at its centre. The street has the opportunity to be framed as a living street, with more introduction of green space and restrictions on traffic. The unit’s solution to this was to develop a 15-minute city concept applied to three areas of King Street, creating 3 new quarters: the Artisan quarter, the university Quarter and the residential Quarter.
The university quarter overall aims to focus on the well-being and opportunities regarding student life. The concept is to centralise the university commercial aspects around King Street, forming a modern high street stretch. This will give the area the potential to focus on local amenities such as shops, cafes and bars – in turn this will provide job opportunities to students. As well as this there will be a focus on developing a self-sufficient community – allowing the development along King Street to serve the wider area than purely students. This can be done by limiting The traffic flow along this stretch, by reducing the speed limit to 20mph and allowing public transport and local access only.