Eco-city Prototype
We have developed techniques for urban planning which seek to balance functional and geometric criteria to create high quality environments for all. To test our ideas we worked up a preliminary design for a planned city. We are now seeking collaborators to test the technical assumptions.
The design prefigures a time when simulation will play a much larger role in the design of real and prototypical urban realms. We foresee this will occur for both technical and experiential aspects. There is therefore an opportunity for the architectural, engineering and software communities to collaborate in a transformative way.
Our years of experience working across scales provides us a pool of integrated design resources from which to draw when working up the detail of urban proposals.
Abbey Barn North
2016 - 2017
High Wycombe, Bucks, UK
Commissioned study


The district council wanted to explore the concept of ‘cabin homes’ as an alternative, and more contextually sensitive, way to develop this edge of town site compared to a competing ‘executive homes’ model. Our design interprets this proposition as strings of clusters set out along the contours of the steeply sloping valley site. The idea quickly became known as the ‘bunch of grapes’ plan. The intention is for the buildings to touch lightly on the ground so as to largely leave the character of the existing meadowland in tact. The scheme consists of 171 units on the main 6.35ha site.
The clusters are made up from nine modular units split between five blocks. Collectively they are arrayed around a parking area so that the dwellings fan out to the view. The clusters generate an intermediate scale between the overall site and the dwelling and regulate the spatial structure of the development. The design demonstrates how mass produced elements can be used in combination to create a sophisticated and sensitive place.
Urbed
2007
Manchester, UK
Competition


This scheme started with two ideas, one technical and the other concerning urban design. The two concepts have been worked together to establish a robust design that has great flexibility. We have suggested a mix of uses incorporating private and communal, commercial and cooperative that treads a line between realistic funding and social sustainability.
The urban approach is prompted by the thought that sustainability starts with creating places where people want to be. A balance needs to be struck between the technical criteria, such as orientation, and responding to the urban context where the two may come into conflict.
The technical idea is for a modular composite steel and timber frame structure. From an architectural viewpoint a modular planning unit is formed that can accommodate a range of uses.
Central Park
2006
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK
Competition


The masterplan for Central Park was prepared as part of the competition scheme which had a new sports centre as its focus. Other facilities included a new play area with café, and an outdoor theatre. Our proposal works with the existing landscape and buildings to enhance and transform the character of the spaces. New reflecting pools and formal planting beds form a sweeping datum through the site connecting the proposed sports centre, existing council offices and the new play area.
Handy Cross
2006 - 2010
High Wycombe, Bucks, UK
Direct commission


For the first version of the Handy Cross masterplan the plan was to retain and refurbish the existing sports centre in  the north east corner of the site. The plan also featured a new coachway for the County Council to be part funded by the Department for Transport.
An office led scheme was to occupy the remainder of the site complimented by a business hotel.
The new coachway with its requirement for easy access from the adjacent M40 is the first piece of the plan to be located. The office element then forms a band with good visibility from the motorway for brand visibility as well as benefitting from views over the AONB to the south.
The scheme was killed off by central government austerity cuts following the 2008 crash. When the scheme was resurrected new politicians initiated a new strategy.
Hughenden Valley
2005 - 2010
High Wycombe, UK
Comissioned study


This proposal centres around the possibiltiy of relocating the town’s main sports centre to a central site. The other major facilities in the brief are student housing for Bucks New University and a new main building for Amersham & Wycombe College.
Gathered along a new spine road, a procession of the main buildings is set along a linear park connecting the town centre in the south with Hughenden Park to the north. Bringing together health and education uses along a green corridor aims to set a precedent for future development in the town.
Europan 8
2005
Lille, France
Competition


When seen from the air the existing railway yard appears as an uncomfortable gap in the city fabric. The aim of the masterplan is to mend this hole with a new piece of city that integrates with the historic patterns but also offers something new. Lille is a city of avenues and grids and both are truncated by the railway yard. A first move, therefore, is to allow these lines to extend into the site to their natural conclusion. There is then the opportunity to organise interventions around these new datum. The most significant is a new park that connects two existing smaller parks at either end of the site. The larger whole connects the historic core of the city with the new developments of Euralille to the east both physically and psychologically.
Central Promenade
2005
Morecambe, UK
Competition

The central promenade site is the only major site seaward of the main promenade road into Morecambe. Its location adjacent to the listed Midland Hotel and uninterrupted views over Morecambe Bay create a unique opportunity.
Our scheme respects and enhances the integrity of the setting for the Midland Hotel called for in the planning brief by extending the geometry of the arced plan into the landscape and blending it with the wider movement network. A long sinuous wall of building divides the open space between public and private realms. On the south landward side a continuous colonnade for cafés, restaurants and shops faces out on to generous public spaces. While to the north the wall shelters a sequence of pavilion blocks with every dwelling enjoying views over the bay and to the Lake District beyond.
The development would create a focus for inward investment into Morecambe for many years to come.
Ashford South Masterplan
2003
Ashford, UK
Commissioned study


The Ashford’s Future Study looks to create a vision for the town as part of its plan for doubling in size as one of the Government’s areas of regional growth. The Ashford South Masterplan examines the area around the International Passenger Station giving it an urban context that it currently lacks.
A new landmark building terminates the axis of the main route into the town creating a southern gateway. The main road is transformed from a high speed dual carriageway into a tree-lined boulevard with street frontages as part of a new urban quarter.
The rivers running through the area offer a green counterpoint and are used to knit together a network of pedestrian and cycle routes.
Caldecotte Lakeside
2003
Mitlon Keynes, UK
Competition 2nd place


The site faces out across Caldecotte Lake which is located in the south east of Milton Keynes. A promentary was created by two neighbouring circular bays. Our scheme places a tower on the head of the promontory to create a landmark and visual focus for the local neighbourhood. Elegant circuses sweep away from the tower forming a lakefront promenade. Along with the new hotel, shops and community facilities create a local social centre for the surrounding area of housing.
Europan 6
2001
Manchester, UK
Competition 1st place


This competition winning scheme for Urban Splash and Manchester City Council, is located just north of Manchester city centre. A series of ‘gravitational field lines’ laid across the study area inscribed the site’s and target group’s pull towards the heart of the city. A hierarchy to the spatial narratives was developed by breaking or interrupting these lines by a locally strong yet city wide incidental focus, creating something akin to the ‘urban village’ thesis. The study site thus revolves around its own identifiable core: a focus for the new community’s social and commercial activity.
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