Master Planning

The dynamic process of urban development requires flexible and comprehensive physical plans. These should be based on understanding the economic, social and cultural forces acting upon society.

Successful master planning requires a strong vision to tackle the complexity of real issues and build community consensus. A clear implementation strategy is also needed as a guide through the complex planning and development process.

Our services in master planning are based on considerable experience of major international projects and can include:

  • urban structure planning
  • land use planning and design
  • site master planning
  • development and planning standards

Increasingly planning is focusing on smaller areas within cities and towns. We can provide more detailed guidance within the strategic framework set by comprehensive plans. There is an increasing need to adapt and re-plan areas to meet contemporary needs. 

Local planning has to deal very largely with residential areas in order to improve people’s living environments. We can assess urban design issues and the overall environmental character of areas in cities and towns.

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Urban Design

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Urban Design has assumed a new importance over the last decade in the handling of places both old and new.   As trained architects and urban designers we are fully conversant with the latest thinking on spatial planning and urban design in shaping places.

We can help devise public realm design strategies so that individual projects can play a clearly identified role in creating successful public spaces.  

We can undertake urban design commissions employing the latest techniques of master planning and urban design coding where required.

Our urban design services can provide:

  • site appraisal
  • conceptual site planning
  • site development briefs
  • preparation of urban design codes

We can prepare conceptual urban designs and visualisations to illustrate how land could be developed.   This could be in the form of a Site Development Brief or a full Development Proposal brochure where appropriate. We have considerable experience in preparing detailed proposals for sites.

We have links with specialists that can be involved in preparing proposals to realise ‘shared space’ schemes, and to mitigate environmental, ecological, noise and air pollution aspects of development.