Frodsham Street, Chester: Pedestrian Priority Street


Reference from (CWAC) Council Access Officer:

“IBI worked very effectively with a range of disabled people and their representative organizations, with the local authority’s Corporate Disability Access Forum and with the local Member of Parliament…I liaised directly with IBI on the design of the scheme and engagement with Stakeholders. IBI’s attitude and relationship with the Council and with stakeholders was exemplary


Extract from Letter from Blind User on Access Group:

“The council’s access officer, has engaged with all local groups and taken on board concerns. The final result is a massive improvement to Frodsham street as far as I am concerned as a totally blind pedestrian”

Accrington Town Square and Artwork


Hyndburn Council (client) Regeneration and Property Manager

“it’s been a privilege working with David McKenna and Danny Marsh of IBI and their sub-contractors and consultants, they really care about their projects and clients. and get to know about the town they are working in,they are generous and gracious in sharing their knowledge and expertise. 

I  would not hesitate to appoint them again.”

Kidderminster Public Realm

Jonathon Elmer, Delivery Manager, Wyre Forest District Council


“Wyre Forest District Council has been pleased to be associated with Taylor Young (now part of the IBI Group) for over 10 years on a number of design commissions, the most recent one being a £2m public realm improvement scheme in Kidderminster town centre.

The IBI team are adept at understanding the nature of the design commission and translating it into exciting and innovative designs that are well grounded in the practicalities of implementation and within the budget envelope set.

The IBI team are politically astute and understand very well the democratic process associated with public sector commissions and are very comfortable with Member and public liaisons as well as the requirements of statutory undertakers.      

To my recollection the latest scheme is the fourth project that the IBI team have been involved in with WFDC which is testament to the fact that we have been very happy to use them on more than one occasion and that continues to be the case.” 

Market Square, Ashton-under-Lyme


Damien Bourke, Assistant Executive Director, Tameside

“IBI were fully committed to engaging with all parties in their design work for the market square.  This enabled them to develop a bold concept with the support of all stakeholders.  The project is now under construction and the kiosks and stalls built so far have created a buzz around Ashton.” 

Frodsham Street, Chester


Dave Anderson, CWaC Project Manager.

I am pleased to offer a reference on behalf of the design team at IBI who have worked with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Mott MacDonald to complete the initial design concepts and detailed design proposals for a number of streets and key pedestrian routes in the centre of Chester.

The work undertaken by the team was linked to a successful local growth funding bid for a new Bus Interchange and public realm improvements schemes along the adjacent connecting streets.

In my role as chair of the project client team for the Council I found the staff of IBI and their technical colleagues at Mott MacDonald to be extremely well prepared and professional in their dealings with the Council, and to offer genuine added value in the design solutions they provided. The Design Team was able to draw upon extensive research into successful public realm improvements across the UK, Europe and further afield. Throughout the project their communications with the Council as client were regular and clear and any issues they identified such as potential conflicts with utility works were quickly identified and resolved. Their input to a series of public consultation events on the proposals was also first class.

I would have no hesitation in recommending IBI as a highly capable and creative team with the necessary skills and experience to tackle urban public realm improvement schemes to a high stand of quality with any given budget and specification.

Chester Public Realm Design Guide


John Seiler,  Landscape Design and Built Environment, Cheshire West and Chester Council  .

The Chester PRDG is an excellent design guide/ tool kit.  The document is comprehensive in detail; covering all aspects of the public realm from public art, street furniture, lighting, wayfinding, to highway and planting specifications. It is easy to use, practical and highly valued by a wide range of CWAC disciplines.  Since publication is has been accepted as a base line of quality for future developments in Chester.