Parallel are design-led web application developers specialising in mapping and data visualisation, particularly for clients within the UK healthcare sector.

key public sector clients

Department of Health
Health Facilities Scotland
NHS Digital
Public Health England

SHAPE for Public Health England

Alternative travel types Travel time isochrones on map Single isochrone demographics Registered patients location and age profile; GP workforce


SHAPE (Strategic Health Asset Planning and Evaluation) is a free-to-use application for the NHS and Local Authorities and has been in constant development for the past 12 years. More recently a series of atlases have been developed that provide a range of options for visualising the location and details of the healthcare facilities in England; looking at specific datasets relating to specialised clinical commissioning, dementia and public health; and presenting Local Authority care provision and demographics.
The SHAPE Place Atlas brings together a range of mapping capabilities centred around the location of the healthcare estate; the accessibility of the sites via a range of transport options; and the demographics and clinical activity of the local population.
The SHAPE Place Atlas includes NHS Digital data providing details of each GP practice’s registered patient population and workforce; Environment Agency flood risk mapping; CDRC air quality layers; and demographic and other OpenData data from ONS, GLA, Department of Transport and NHS England.
We're using Targomo's catchment generation API to allow all SHAPE users to dynamically generate access catchments for walk, cycle, car and public transport, for one or many sites and then provide detailed population demographics for any specific catchment isochrone.
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recent mapping projects

Interactive maps and exploratory exercises investigating the capabilities of data-driven Mapbox GL JS vector maps and 3D rendering. Free resource for geography students in UK schools.

Our standard basemap tiles have been specifically rendered from Ordnance Survey OpenData to provide an optimised, almost monochromatic, background for the presentation of overlaying datasets – either in the form of marker locations and/or semi-transparent polygons and lines. Data used for the creation of the maps comes from OS’s Open Map Local. See our guest OS Blog celebrating seven years of OS OpenData: