Runcorn, United Kingdom, Europe
Year1964latitude: 53° 19'
longitude: -2° 43'
Planning organizationDevelopment Corporation
Nationality initiator(s)U.K.
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Inhabitants63,000 (2011)
Target population70,000
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
"Runcorn’s masterplan aimed for ‘unity and balance’ between all of its elements, including between public and private transport. Its ‘figure of 8’ busway forms the framework around which the neighbourhood housing areas, industrial estates and parkland are laid out. Runcorn largely followed the path of the masterplan and is thus considered by many to be one of the most successful of the ‘Mark Two’ New Towns. Since 1974, Runcorn and Widnes, on the other side of the Mersey estuary (and like Runcorn formerly dominated by the chemical industries), have shared a local authority. A new (second) bridge connecting the two towns is under construction, to act as a catalyst for wider regeneration. Runcorn continues to face challenges of housing renewal, town centre regeneration and unemployment."

"Designated to provide housing and employment for people from Liverpool and North Merseyside, exploiting the locational advantages of its site on main road and rail routes and adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and the Mersey estuary. Using land to the east of the established town of Runcorn, the New Town was designed to be a balanced community. Development Corporation merged with Warrington Development Corporation 1 April 1981 and wound up 30 September 1989."

source: Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA)

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