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An investigation to find the centre of Huntingdon's CBD.

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By Eliana Tacconi Contents * Introduction and Aims 3 History Land Use Map Aims Expectations Urban Structure Models * Data Collection 9 Primary Data Secondary Data Site Map Problems and Limitations Summary Tables Original Data * Data Presentation 16 Justification of methods Annotated photographs showing land use and characteristics of a CBD Maps showing population flow, building age, environmental quality and survey results * Analysis and Conclusions 29 Analysis Conclusions Evaluations * Introduction and Aims 1.1 A map of the United Kingdom showing the location of Huntingdon Huntingdon is a town located in Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and the population of Huntingdon is estimated at 20,000. Huntingdon has grown and changed a great deal from how it was originally. It has grown out from the oldest part which I believe is Market Square. Huntingdon is mainly shops and offices in the CBD but there is a little Housing. Further out there is a lot more housing both expensive and cheaper and many industrial parks. The town is still growing as more and more housing is being built due to the easy one hour commute to London on the train and the good transport links North, South, East and West because of the A14 and A1. Overall the amount of restaurants and pubs has increased in the last 15 years as has the amount of offices and the amount of arcades/car showrooms/dry cleaners/launderettes and taxi hires. The number of general stores has dropped by almost 10 in the last 15 years. Overall the number of vacant shops has risen by 14 and the overall total of shops has risen by 10. The land use of Huntingdon is shown on the following local map. Aims The aim of this project is to delimit and find the centre of the CBD of Huntingdon. A CBD can be defined as the nucleus of an urban area, the most accessible point that contains the main concentration of shops and commercial land. ...read more.


I showed the environmental quality on star graphs because the size and shape of the coloured areas allow a quick visual comparison. I used bar charts to show the survey results because they are very clear and the biggest groups are easy to spot, I showed the busiest areas on pie charts because the biggest groups are then easy to pick out I decided to use annotated photographs to show land use because this allows me to have evidence of what I am talking about. Annotated Photograph of St. Benedicts Court Land Use * Mainly commercial land use * No non-national shops * No houses or flats * Buildings are all terraced, very close together and the street is very narrow * Modern buildings Annotated Photograph of the High Street Land Use * Mostly commercial land use * No non-national shops * Possibility of flats above shops * All terraced buildings * Reasonably wide street * Old buildings but not the oldest in town Annotated Photograph of Chequer's Court Land Use * Mainly commercial land use * 2 non-national shops * Flats above shops * Terraced buildings * Narrow street * Modern buildings Annotated Photograph of Germain Walk Land Use * All commercial land use * No non-national shops * No flats/houses * Terraced buildings * Wide street * Modern buildings Annotated Photograph of St. Mary's Land Use * Mostly commercial land use * A number of non-national shops * A number of flats and houses * Terraced buildings * Wide street * Quite old buildings Annotated Photograph of Market Square Land Use * All commercial land use * Some non-national buildings, i.e. pub * No flats/houses * Terraced buildings * Narrow street * Some modern buildings but also Georgian which is the oldest in town * Analysis and Conclusions Questionnaires My questionnaire shows that the public think that the centre of Huntingdon is Market Square. ...read more.


best way to show land use as using them to compare was quite difficult, I think that pie charts could have been more effective because then proportions for different groups and sites could then have been seen easily. * Results I believe that my results are accurate as they gave me the results that I expected. People's answers to the questionnaire could affect the accuracy as I may be asking someone who doesn't have much of an idea of what I am asking them. Some of my results did surprise me, I thought that the population flow at Market Square would have been higher and I expected that buildings at some of the sites built around the 1950's to be older than they were. I did get some anomalous results, e.g., the people asked in the high street thought that Chequer's Court was a very clean area whilst everyone else said that this was one of the dirtier places. Also, people asked at Chequer's Court thought that Market Square was the busiest place in town whilst people everywhere else thought that this was one of the less busy places. St. Mary's having the best EQA contradicted my expectations but I believe this is because there are far less people there to make a mess as it is a less populated area. * Analysis and Conclusions My conclusions have fulfilled my aim which was to find the centre of Huntingdon's CBD, my conclusion states that the centre is Market Square. My conclusions could be wrong as not all of my results pointed towards Market Square, but this was the site with the most factors. Also, my results may be wrong for some reason, for example, my questionnaire results could be wrong as people in town may have answered incorrectly. I would extend this work by collecting more data at different times of the week and looking for variations in the results, I would also work on averages for these results. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2 ...read more.

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