Last week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton completed their audit of the built environment within the last of four Birmingham neighbourhoods as part of the Wellbeing Research Challenge on the Liveable Cities project. Armed with the Irvine-Minnesota Inventory 2.0 — an app comprising 70-items that ask raters to assess features of the built environment at the street segment scale, such as the condition of pavements and the predominant land uses on the segment — the pair walked through Nechells and audited a number of A roads, B roads, minor roads and local streets. Two days of pounding the pavement left Chris and Claire with sore feet, but a lot of good data.
Thank you to Noran Flynn and Zenia Deaves at The POD for helping us with our research in Nechells!
This piece of research complements the research already undertaken in the neighbourhood about wellbeing for residents in Nechells, and helps to give a more holistic picture of the relationships between people’s quality of life and their built environment.
Now it’s time for analysis of the Birmingham data and then we’ll begin our Lancaster case study!