Urban Design, Masterplanning & Placeshaping
From national government through to local authorities there is an increasing emphasis on quality, and not just well-designed homes but well-designed places. Savvy Authorities recognise the importance of the public sector shaping spatial visions for the future of places earlier on in the process - through design codes, guidance or masterplans. Investing upfront in locally specific, and locally supported, urban design is equally important for sensitive urban intensification projects as major new settlements. Urban design expertise also makes a difference by championing quality throughout the planning and development process, and ensuring these ambitions are seen through to delivery on the ground.
WHAT THEY DO
- Drafting strategic site design principles and toolkits.
- Providing urban design, architectural or placemaking support for potential new development opportunities on council-owned land.
- Undertaking site identification, appraisal and prioritisation to inform site allocations.
- Undertaking design-led site analysis, capacity and feasibility studies to support the delivery of small to medium-scale housing infill sites.
- Writing design policy, design guidance and design briefs.
- Supporting development management officers on appraising the design quality in planning applications.
- Procuring and coordinating design teams and developing a delivery strategy.
- Writing design codes and urban characterisation studies, drawing on best practice examples.
- Leading interactive co-design workshops with the local community and stakeholders.
- Developing town centre strategies and place principles to guide development.
- Setting up or managing design review panels.
- Providing expertise in heritage-led regeneration and development in Conservation Areas, including tall buildings guidance and urban intensification.
- Delivering in-house design training to officers and members to upskill teams and grow confidence in design and conservation.
- Developing Conservation Area Appraisals.
- Developing industrial land strategies and testing industrial and mixed-use building typologies.
- Setting up design competitions for masterplanning of large strategic sites.
- Ensuring quality post-planning through developing monitoring processes.
- Developing visual communication material for emerging plans and policies.
RAUL BIELSA PEREZ
How should village growth be shaped in rural areas?
How can we monitor and evaluate the impact of design review?
How can officers improve design quality through the pre-app process?
How can Authorities manage efficient in-house Design Review services?
Applying design codes for modular construction methods on large-scale developments
How can we make sure design review panels represent the diversity of the communities they serve?