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Does Kingston Have a Clearly Identifiable Central Business District (Cbd)?

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DOES KINGSTON HAVE A CLEARLY IDENTIFIABLE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT (CBD)? Introduction Kingston-upon-Thames is the county town of Surrey. As its name suggests, it lies on the river Thames in between Twickenham and Hampton Court. It is the area's biggest shopping centre, boasting a wide variety of stores and shops located mainly around the pedestrianised centre and the old market, for example like The Bentalls Centre and The John Lewis Centre. The shopping centre attracts many visitors, especially at weekends. With a population of approximately 150,000, Kingston has a university and many schools, including Kingston Grammar and Tiffin Boys and Girls. It also has a hospital, law courts and boasts the headquarters of Surrey County Council. Kingston has a big new leisure complex, the Rotunda, which has 14 cinemas, bowling, a fitness club and restaurants. There is also a council-run sports centre, the Kingfisher, which has two swimming pools, a gym and squash courts. These also attract many visitors. Although many residents are employed locally, Kingston is also a commuter town with many people travelling daily to London to work. There are 71,987 men and 75,286 women in Kingston, with 10, 340 people over the age of 75 - just under 7%. There are approximately 39.5 residents per hectare, which shows that Kingston is quite densely populated. ...read more.


The land use survey also will change frequently as there are many places to go and see in Kingston. For example, in one square there will be land used for housing while in the square next to it the land will be used for business, e.g. a shopping mall or similar. Most of the area we are covering though will consist mainly of shopping units such as The Bentall Centre and John Lewis. But there are many other land uses in Kingston so we will see a variation. The building height survey will obviously vary, as there is a wide range of shops offices and housing in Kingston. But in some places, such as those with department stores, the same height will stretch across a number of grid squares. The cost of land in the centre of Kingston will be higher which means that the buildings in the centre are often forced upwards. Vertical Zoning will change in some grid squares as some buildings have shops on one floor and offices on another, this will probably vary from square to square. But also, of course when there is a big department store the vertical zoning will be the same as there are only shops and no other usage of the building in that grid square. ...read more.


For vertical zoning, we will record whether land use varies from floor to floor, for example, ground floor is a shop, and first floor is offices. The environmental quality survey will be done after the first pedestrian count, and in the same place. We will put a tick in the appropriate box for each EQ factor. The scale ranges from -3 to +3. Look around the surrounding area and record our opinion down on the sheet. The scale we will be using is called a bi-polar scale, when it is recorded; calculate the net score at each location. The Questionnaire will be done twice during the morning. We will ask members of the public about their perception of Kingston. People will be chosen at random but in each of the different zones. We will ask two different people of different ages, to get a range of results. The aim is to get a set of results from people both young and old, to give us a wider view of where people come from and what they're doing in Kingston. Data Interpretation Pedestrian Isopleth Map: The main bulk of people were in the area where there are the most amount of shops and offices. This is in Clarence Street which is pedestrianised. As the street is pedestrianised it means that lots of people can walk through the area with no trouble at all. James Fitzgerald 5M ...read more.

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