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5.1 Public Realm Design Guidelines

Part 5 presents more specific guidance for particular issues of the public realm. It identifies design objectives and design guidelines with recommendations for their application. The aim of the guidelines is to lay down the ground rules for skilled interpretation by designers. The details illustrated are typical of appropriate practice and express standards to which Sheffield aspires.

The physical elements of the streetscape – paving, trees, street furniture, lighting, signing – the comfort and convenience of people, the effects of climate and the provision of facilities are all of fundamental importance and have been considered in developing these guidelines. The statutory responsibilities and operational objectives of the public authorities have also been a major factor in preparing these guidelines.

The management and maintenance of the city centre environment is also discussed.

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