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      Urban Design Studio

      The complex art of place-making channels a comprehensive set of information into a master plan. Our master planning process seeks to make indelible links between people and places.

      Striking the perfect balance of cost and creativity, we let our designs do the talking.

      Bradfield Centre, Cambridge

      From large-scale master plans for 1000s of homes, right down to the intricate details of enhancing an existing landscape, we design schemes that aren’t just commercial, but deliverable.  

      A context-led approach to master planning, supported by thorough landscape or townscape assessment (LVIA or TVIA), enhances the built and the natural systems evident on a site to formulate a master plan, which responds with greater resilience to the site’s wider context, whilst reflecting its unique sense of place. This results in a strong design narrative and vision, which underpins the master planning process.  

      We work with our clients to transform their expectations into an inspired yet realistic vision. This approach ensures there is a clear connection between our site assessment and design response - adding value for our clients by smoothing a project’s passage through planning and beyond. 


      Strategic master plans for major developments

      50 +

      Residential-led master plans

      500k sq ft

      New commercial space with over half delivered on site

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