Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council: A toolkit for canal-side coding

This pilot case study sought to explore the process and outcomes from developing a design coding toolkit for canal-side regeneration in Bootle. The focus on the canal area developed out of its importance as a community resource during the pandemic when it was reconfirmed as a valuable placemaking asset. Its suitability for the design code work also stems from the fact that the canal runs through the town incorporating various area types - inner urban centre, transition zones and the outer urban/suburban zone. The key themes in the pilot work included developing a transferable and practical coding toolkit to drive area-wide change; using a strong and effective visual presentation to highlight the code requirements; and addressing the influence of viability on the design code requirements.




Scale: Area based

Context: Urban

Focus: applying a design code to the urban regeneration of Bootle’s canal-side corridor

Project team: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Hyas Associates, Optimised Environments (OPEN), BE Group

Region: North West