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Urban Design Compendium

Utilities Infrastructure

The service structure is an essential part of a development but can cause clutter when repairs are required.

Service corridors below pavements can have a negative impact on layout. Consider instead:

  • Implementing service corridors away from the main street as this may be more direct and easier to service
  • Fitting services into the landscape

To improve service provision:

  • Co-ordinate design development with service providers early in the design process
  • Put services underground in shared strips
  • Hide equipment boxes or provide communal equipment


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