EXETER RIVER VALLEY / LUDWELL PARKS
Role Project Lead
Client East Devon Growth Point / Exeter City Council
PROJECT DRIVER Mitigating against the negative impact of new housing on protected habitat.
PROJECT AIM To improve access and recreational opportunities in the green artery of Exeter, offering a range of walking experiences/distances/difficulties for a diverse user profile.
SUGGESTED STRATEGIES New foot ways, routes and infrastructure allowing for conservation areas, supported by way-finding typologies, entrance way improvements and sustainable facilities such as toilets and cafés.
USER-LED APPROACH The design process was informed by an interactive survey of 110 park users, focus group meetings, and a public engagement ‘visioning’ event held in the park.
WORKING WITH ECOLOGISTS Footprint Ecology provided specialist conservation advise throughout the project, carrying out primary research based on user surveys and data and user information, ensuring the masterplan responded to existing users.