“Rapid global urbanisation and the rebalancing of economic and environmental imperatives pose fascinating challenges. Creativity is at the heart of our response; shaping places that are attractive, competitive and sustainable.” Francis Glare, urban design director
We provide a creative lead in our approach to masterplanning and regeneration. Our track record is second-to-none; tackling issues of de-industrialisation and market stagnation to deliver places of enduring quality with flair and imagination.
Our masterplans respond to local conditions and client aspirations whilst also promoting universal qualities of environmental harmony, social cohesion and physical beauty. True places for people.
Manchester’s Ordsall Chord is the first asymmetric network arch in the world and required the largest mobile crane in Europe to lift into place – head of transport Peter Jenkins explains the design concept, radical innovation and collaboration behind this major infrastructure project.
Sheffield Hallam University has revealed its new campus masterplan which places it at the heart of the city.
Thirty minutes of physical activity every day is being promoted as a goal to help keep us fit and healthy. Andrew Tindsley hopes the urbanism team’s work in places such as Cornmill Gardens, Ladywell Fields, Green Spine Church Street and Hoe Stream will help those who use them hit the target.
How do you define urbanism to a complete stranger? London studio’s Martin Savage wonders if we should even try to brand landscape architecture, town planning and urban design together when the disciplines embody such an array of skills and talents and for such different environments.
Francis Glare acknowledges the tremendous pressure on cities with an apparent rural exodus that is driving migration and challenging city planners with the task of delivering bigger cities quickly, but wonders if rapid urbanisation produces good places to live and the great cities of the future.
Manchester studio’s Rodrigo O’Malley asks if our current housing crisis is, in many aspects, a reflection of our professional failure to critically engage with space and society.
Planning director Anna Sinnott is one of the presenters for an intensive one-day course, organised by UCL Urban Laboratory, on university urbanism focusing on campus development and university-led urban regeneration.
Urbanism director Anna Sinnott explains how engaging local people is at the heart of what we do, making our expertise available to them and combining our design skills with their in-depth local knowledge to co-produce great streets and public spaces.