Planning permission for the world leading centre for Neurological and Dementia research was granted unanimously for the scheme during September 2019. Momentum was very proud to work on the transport planning aspects of the University College London (UCL) development at 256 Gray’s Inn Road. The new state-of-the-art facility will be home to UCL Neuroscience and will include their new Dementia Research Institute and an associated University College London Hospital (UCLH) clinic as well as an academic department.
As part of the transformative development, the new facility will require the following transport considerations:
• Pedestrian, cycle and patient arrivals by patient transport vehicles to the front of the site
• Delivery and servicing access and arrivals by staff and patients using accessible vehicles to the rear of the site
• Maintaining existing delivery, servicing and waste access for student accommodation to the rear of the site
As part of our study, it was noted that dementia patients and or their chaperones need to arrive as near to the entrance to the clinic as possible to improve legibility and reduce anxiety, which can be symptoms of their condition. With this understanding we had to ensure we carefully and diligently developed strategies that would alleviate such stresses for patients whilst seeking to deliver efficiency on campus.
Complementing the state of the art facility, there was an aspiration on the Council’s and UCL’s part to provide a calm, pleasant, safe and motor vehicle-free public space adjacent to the hospital in the vicinity of the academic department; furthermore, a new east-west pedestrian and cycle route across the site to improve permeability.
Therefore, Momentum’s access strategy for the development focused on providing an appropriate patient arrival experience for dementia patients, as well as facilitating and encouraging users of the development to travel by sustainable modes and enabling delivery and servicing for efficient operation of the development.