BLUEPROFILES: THEMES, FACTORS AND CRITERIA USED IN PROJECT EVALUATION

For interpreting the results of the analysis of each of the selected BlueProfiles case studies this table provides more detail on how the criteria were applied. These are summarised as scores on a 0-5 rating scale (where 0 means not present, 1 means the project was rated poorly according to that specific criterion and 5 means it was rated highly) and presented as spidergrams for easy visual interpretation. Some text then explains the meanings of the scores. Please note that while all the projects are considered to be outstanding examples, for a number of reasons, often practical or functional, not every project can fulfil every criterion to its maximum potential. Thus some factors may be rated lower for some projects. 

The factors used for site assessment and the interpretation of the criteria used in the BlueProfiles.

ThemeFactorInterpretation of the criteria
AccessibilitySite visibilityHow easy it is to see the site from outside – is it hidden or can it be seen and provides visual access to the water?
Pedestrian accessHow easy it is to gain access to the site on foot (perhaps from public transport)?
Bicycle accessHow easy is it to gain access to the site by bicycle (including connections to a wider network of bicycle paths)?
Car accessIs car access necessary, e.g. due to a remoter location, and if so it is well-provided?
Car parkingIf car parking is necessary, is it logically located and provides enough spaces?
Inclusive accessIs it possible for people with various disabilities to reach the site (e.g. surfaces, street crossings, absence of steps etc)?
Design qualityDesign qualityAn overall judgement on the entire project (sense of unity, organisation of spaces, fit to the context, uniqueness and originality).
On-site circulationHow well the pedestrian and bicycle circulation works within the site (more important for larger sites than smaller ones, e.g those in Chapter15)
Views and landmarksThe degree to which unique or special views or iconic landmarks have been incorporated into the overall site design.
Inclusion of cultural heritage valuesThe extent to which, where there are cultural heritage remains or values present on the site, these have been incorporated into the design.
Site furniture fitting the contextThe design and appropriateness of materials used in the site furniture.
Cost effective maintenanceThe degree to which the cost effectiveness of maintenance of the site has been incorporated into the design (e.g. the use of materials, technology associated with water features or art installations).
FacilitiesRange of facilitiesThe general breadth of the range of facilities provided which are appropriate for the setting and its size.
Accessibility of facilitiesHow accessible are all the facilities provided for people with a range of disabilities?
Amount of seatingHow much seating is available – not only formal seats or benches but also other elements which provide sitting affordances.
Quality of natureDepending on the character of the site, how well have natural elements been sensitively included in the design?
Degree of shelterWhere the site is exposed and in a windy location, how well sheltered it is.
Degree of shadeWhere the site is exposed to strong sun (depending on climate and season), how well shaded it is.
Presence of lightingDepending on the location and use of the site as well as seasonal aspects, the quality and functionality of lighting provided on the site and its impact on the surroundings.
Health and well-beingGenius lociThe special qualities of the site, landscape and design, which give a unique and rich aesthetic experience.
Sense of being awayThe degree to which, depending on  site location and limitations, it is possible to feel away from the normal environment.
Contact with natureThe degree to which it is possible to have direct contact with some aspects of nature on land and on or in water.
Sensory stimulationThe richness of different possibilities for all the senses to be stimulated in a harmonious way.
ContemplationThe potential offered by the site for people to be alone and to be able to sit and think.
Safety and securityThe physical safety of the site – especially in regard to water edges – and feeling of security against crime that the design presents (good maintenance, lack of damage etc.)
Water connectionsLand-water connectivityThe degree to which there is direct contact and connection between the terrestrial and aquatic part of the site.
Water visibilityThe extent to which water is visible or hidden from all or part of the site. 
Access from and to waterDepending on the context and practical possibilities, the degree to which opportunities for providing access to the site from the water have been used.
Water safety equipmentWhere appropriate and necessary, how well-provided the site is with water safety facilities and equipment (e.g. lifeguards, life-rings etc.).
Physical activitiesFormal sport activitiesDepending on the size and context of the site, the degree of provision of fields and pitches for formal sports on land.
Informal sportsThe degree to which the site design supports a range of informal games and sports depending on the size and types of surfaces used.
Water sportsDepending on the nature of the land-water interface and the risk and safety aspects specific to the site, the degree to which water activities and sports are supported.
Children’s playThe degree to which children’s play – on land in  in the water, using formal equipment of just the site affordances – is supported.
Activity zoningThe extent to which, depending on the size of the site and its range of physical activities supported, these are zoned for maximum effectiveness.