Experiential developments, reinventing spaces, regenerating communities, and reviving town centres
We believe a mixed use approach is fundamental to creating a strong sense of place and achieving long-term sustainability through social and economic growth. Working across urban environments, garden cities, green belt schemes and residential-led developments, we use our specialist masterplanning skills to combine retail, leisure, health, education, commercial, workplace, and residential facilities in one easily accessible, central destination. As traditional living, working and travelling models evolve, we embrace the idea of 15-minute neighbourhoods, to create resilient spaces, which truly serve their communities.
People are at the heart of our approach. Sharing the same facilities and including spaces such as communal gardens, community centres, and recreation areas encourage positive social interaction – providing many long-term benefits. Improved civic pride, morale, and neighbourly behaviour have a positive impact on the safety and security of a place. While reduced isolation enhances the health and wellbeing of everyone.
We look to re-use and repurpose existing sites and buildings – which also helps to preserve local history and the character of a place. As well as providing opportunities for greener travel, by improving connectivity and access to public transport, alongside cycle and pedestrian routes.
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The creation of two new blocks of flats in response to much-needed housing in London, as well as a doctor's surgery, and community and commercial space.
We created a strategic masterplan for the regeneration of the wider Birkenhead area, dividing the site into areas to be developed individually, connected via a reinvigorated public realm.
Birkenhead Commercial District
This masterplan will be a catalyst for transformational change in the region and an exciting new chapter in Birkenhead’s history.
Part of the wider regeneration of Taunton, the riverside development will be an essential part of creating a better connected and community-driven place for the Somerset country town.
A major mixed-use regeneration project that rejuvenates and revitalises the town centre.
Flexible, agile and dynamic workspace alongside a 46-bed student accommodation wing, specifically for key workers.
Part of the regeneration of the Northern Gateway, the residential development sits as an exemplar in affordable, community-driven living.
Forging a mix of residential, hotel, retail, leisure, multi-storey car park and office accommodation, arranged around a new vibrant public square within the heart of the site.
A new shopping and leisure destination, this regenerative masterplan will integrate seamlessly into the heart of Chester city centre.
Our regenerative masterplan for Keynsham’s town centre is based around giving space back to the community and enhancing the surrounding public realm.
Firepool Block 3
Part of the wider Firepool masterplan, the development will provide a new office building with a ground floor café open to the public.
Part of the wider regeneration of Bristol’s harbourside, the development will be a permanent home to the established food drink and retail destination, CARGO, as well as delivering 240 apartments.
Addressing the unique and complex challenges of mixed use schemesView all Mixed Use projects
Due to the incredible rise of online shopping, high street vacancies are ever-increasing. Mixed use schemes are vital in transforming these struggling spaces into vibrant, dynamic, hubs of activity – with increased footfall and dwell time that brings new life to the area and boosts local businesses.
We have extensive experience working with local authorities, supporting them to access the resources they need to plan and action these changes. With the aid of several initiatives including, The Future High Streets Fund, the Community Ownership Fund, the Towns Fund, and the Levelling Up Fund.
Understanding the unique contextual surroundings of every site is key to delivering successful mixed use schemes. Through planning and engagement, we address their specific challenges. We design solutions that enhance the public realm, while integrating and enriching the existing urban and natural environment.
Managing engagement with a variety of stakeholders is also crucial. We conduct thorough stakeholder engagement and work collaboratively to understand the needs of diverse local communities, as well as the requirements of local authorities, housing associations, health trusts, and private developers.
We also understand the sensitivities of working in live environments, with the delivery of these schemes often involving the redevelopment of constrained sites, with significant, existing features. We replace outdated, unsafe buildings with fit-for-purpose, revenue-generating facilities and community-focused spaces, while always ensuring minimal disruption to residents and businesses.
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Did you know we’re two-time winners of British Council for Office's (BCO) Best of the Best?
We’re proud to have won BCO Best of the Best for the second time at the BCO National Awards 2020 for the UK Hydrographic Office, our first win came for Keynsham Civic Centre & One Stop Shop.
Date: 10 Jun 21
Revitalising communities by the reprioritisation of spaces
Locally-led town centre regeneration is key to driving resilient communities in the future. The purpose of the British high street is no longer solely retail.
Date: 7 Jun 22
by Gurminder Sanghera
The future of transport is multi-modal
Multi-modal transport interchanges play a critical role as entry points into major urban centres. Yet the strategic role they can play in even the smallest of locations has only recently become clear.
Date: 2 Sept 18
by Stephen Bottom
Director, Building Consultancy
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