The Francis Tibbalds Urban Design Award 2010


In February 2010, I was presented with the first Francis Tibbalds Student Award by the Urban Design Group for ‘The Shambles – A new heart for the Osney Islands’, Oxford project.

The project regenerates Osney Mead Industrial Estate, a primarily single use brownfield site located beside the River Thames and canal approximately ten minutes walk west of Oxford City Centre.

Graffiti design motif

A design motif was introduced into the scheme inspired by graffiti on warehousing along the canal.  The variety of shapes and colours of the graffiti influenced the plot form, selection of materials, street furniture and an abstract pedestrian dominant floorscape.

The Shambles combines references to the past with the use of an abstract design motif to create a “one off” exciting and distinctive mixed use neighbourhood that promotes social and physical wellbeing.