Urban Design & Master Planning

What is urban design and master planning?

A master plan includes analysis, recommendations, and proposals for a site’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use. It is based on public input, surveys, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics, and social and economic conditions.

What is urban planning and what does an urban designer do?

  • Working on ‘visions’ for places, including the preparation of ‘vision statements.
  • Designing built spaces from an individual street or square to neighborhoods or even whole towns.
  • Providing advice on the design of developments or regeneration schemes.
  • Undertaking research into people and places to help
  • inform decision making.
  • Developing built environment guidance and policies.
  • Undertaking community consultation.
  • Preparing technical drawings and designs.
  • Preparing urban design strategies.
  • Preparing design and access statements.

Our urban design and planning checklist.

  • The planning system.
  • Principles of urbanism.
  • Development economics.
  • Movement and transport.
  • Conservation.
  • Landscape design.
  • Site planning.
  • Master planning.
  • Stakeholder management.
  • Consultation processes.
  • Project management.
  • Regeneration strategies.

How do we aid our client and ensure the smooth running of the project?

The business case should consider what might happen if nothing was done, as well as assessing the need for and likely consequences of change. It also needs to take on board issues beyond the boundaries of the urban & master planning site such as:

  • Social context.
  • Environmental context.
  • Infrastructure and services.
  • Energy sources and energy security.
  • Connectivity.
  • Likely future needs.


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