Urban & Landscape

The highly cosmopolitan and complex fabric of London, where most of our projects are situated, has offered itself as the ideal laboratory to test and develop our design strategies to restore and/or creatively re-imagine some of its most significant sites, streets and civic spaces.

All of this work is driven by rigorous research and strives to articulate the relationships between people, place, technology and the environment, while simultaneously addressing issues of a technical and aesthetic nature. Our designs always seek opportunities to nurture the development of liveable cities well beyond the confines of a specific site or brief, producing visions which often might only be achievable far into the future, thus requiring a site to gradually incorporate change and adapt over time. This long-term stewardship characterises our approach to urban design and landscape. 

There is a fine balance that we aim to achieve in all our urban projects, from our early designs for Parliament Square in 2006 and our international competition winning designs for Waterloo City Square, through to our more recent public realm strategy for the area around the Royal Albert Hall; our time-based spatial strategy for Broadgate's Public Realm; as well as our landscape-led masterplan for Central Somers Town

Our belief that even the design of infrastructure can be approached through the lens of intimacy is demonstrated through our work with the London Borough of Camden on the West End Project, where our substantial redesign of the gyratory that previously operated along Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street has transformed this traffic-dominated part of central London into a people-focused environment to accommodate the surge of people that new infrastructure will bring. More than a highways project, our scheme creates five new public spaces within the 2km territory, including the first new park to be created in the West End in over 100 years.
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