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Aerial view of the Dubai Marina A digital interpretation of what Tianjin Eco City will look like once complete. Aerial view of the coastline in New Zealand

Urban development

Our multidisciplinary capabilities and commitment to partnership with architects, developers and communities means we are able to help deliver imaginative, flexible and sustainable urban projects in line with government aspirations and legislation.

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Star, Singapore We provided mechanical and electrical design and project managed building services for this striking SG$500 million cultural, retail and entertainment hub. Building services were highlighted by Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority when awarding the building a Green Mark Gold Award for sustainability.

In March 2017 we co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) exploring the UK’s infrastructure needs for the next two decades.

See our report on the key findings from the event.

The services we provide cover all crucial aspects of development – from sustainability master planning through to implementation, including urban design, landscape design, risk assessment, project management, energy saving and procurement.

We have a proven track record in designing exemplary low impact urban development projects, and specialise in bringing together holistic thinking to achieve optimised engineering strategies at a master planning scale. Our in-depth understanding of buildings and infrastructure delivery enables us to guide appropriate decision making at all stages. We show our clients where the solutions lie, facilitating collaboration, partnering and stakeholder engagement.

Our project portfolio features eco-cities and inner-city regeneration schemes, mixed-use developments and multimodel transport interchanges with associated community, heritage or tourism facilities. In addition, our sustainability specialists are acting as energy and sustainability master planners for new communities.


Value we added is demonstrated on these projects:

Tianjin Eco-city – our 10 year role on the £10 billion flagship eco-city for 350,000 people has involved developing a sustainability strategy and guiding its implementation, producing guidelines for green buildings and transportation and leading design of two demonstration projects. One of the project’s primary factors involves introducing leading-edge sustainable solutions that address the many challenges of high density urban living.

Spinnaker Tower – Portsmouth City Council appointed us to project manage the construction and transition into operation of the technically challenging tower. We undertook control and helped deliver the project as soon as was practical, to the lowest possible cost. Through close collaboration and effective communication, our team helped save £2 million and six months off the predicted programme and secure funding.

Cromer Seafront Enhancement – the focus of a £6.1 million programme involved refurbishing Cromer Pier and Pier Pavilion Theatre, regenerating the promenade and creating a new museum celebrating the 200-year history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We were involved in all three projects and acted as the lead landscape architect for the promenade scheme.

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