Masterplanning & Urban DesignOur experience in this field, as can be seen from our projects, ranges from a town of about 12,000 people just outside of Bucharest to a small mixed-use development on one of the historic streets of Ludlow. Perhaps our most significant experience is our leadership of the architecture for the first phase of The Prince of Wales' groundbreaking urban village at Poundbury which pioneered more sustainable urban settlements, emphasising pedestrian priority, mixed uses, mixed tenures (this was the first significant time affordable housing was fully integrated with open market housing) and the concept of a walkable neighbourhood. Since then we have worked on a series of developments which carry through these principles.
Other key urban design projects include; a masterplan for an eastern extension to Shaftesbury for a consortium of house-builders; a masterplan for army housing at Middle Wallop for Defence Estates; a masterplan and design code for an extension to Rhostyllen for The National Trust; and a residential design code for The Duchy of Lancaster. The objective of our urban design and masterplanning work is to create a sense of place which is both human in scale and memorable. We also aim to make a clear distinction between public and private space, giving special attention to the quality of the building faces which frame the public realm. Our service also includes consideration of existing topography, ecology and historic settlement patterns. We aim to create patterns of new development which are in complete harmony with their context. In many cases our work involves the creation of a setting for a community, and where it does our objective is to design that setting in such a way that there are common facilities and natural meeting places in easy walking distance of where people live and work.
In all our urban design work we are very conscious of the need to create settlements which will stand the test of time and where the communication patterns are such that people are encouraged to travel on foot, cycle or by public transport rather than by private car.
Most of our urban design and masterplanning work is carried out with a small team of consultants including a Highways Engineer and Services Engineer and sometimes also a Planning Consultant and Landscape Architect. We advise on the employment of these consultants as appropriate.Visit our Masterplanning and Urban Design Portfolio.