Published: 29th Aug 2017

A London-based urban design firm has won an international competition to help transform Halton in Cheshire into a ‘healthy new town’. Citiesmode beat 34 other submissions from around the globe in a challenge run by the US-based company Innocentre. As part of the challenge, it put forward its own set of project ideas, many of which will be taken forward in a development masterplan to help transform Halton, which is one of NHS England’s 10 healthy new towns. The ideas include making Halton as walkable and cycle-able as possible, with good designs and innovative signage, as well as creating connected neighourhoods and inclusive public spaces. The plans put forward by Citiesmode include an urban obstacle course connecting public gym equipment and sprinting tracks marked out on safe pavements and a nursery farm for children to learn about where food comes from and pick up healthier eating habits. The firm also … (To read the full article, subscribe below)