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Urban Design and Masterplanning

Our approach to urban design masterplanning is one of careful response to context so is always site specific.


Because our team have backgrounds within the disciplines of landscape architecture and planning, masterplanning always starts with an understanding of the landscape, topography and history of a site. The resultant plans are always rooted in local character which is of equal importance whether in a rural or urban setting.

Taking a context driven approach to design meets with current Scottish Government policy and good practice where the emphasis is on dynamic and locally driven solutions and inclusive debate. Ensuring continuous dialogue within the project team, with the client, and relevant authorities is therefore also fundamental to our work.

Our permanent professional staff have key skills in the following areas:


  • Scottish Government SSCI Charrettes
  • Place-making Principle
  • Town Centre Visioning
  • Regeneration Planning
  • Sustainable Placemaking
  • Designing Streets
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Participatory Appraisal
  • Urban Design Guidance
  • Masterplanning
  • Quality Place Audits
  • Technical Design Standards

Recent Urban Design commissions include:

  • Hamilton Urban Village
  • Irvine Town Centre Framework
  • South Lanarkshire Community Growth Areas Development Frameworks
  • Cowglen Spatial Masterplan
  • Victoria Road Regeneration Corridor, Kirkcaldy
  • Erskine Town Centre Regeneration Masterplan
  • Bathgate Town Centre Urban Design Framework
  • Dunfermline Urban Design Strategy
  • Dalgety Bay Town Centre Framework
  • Town Centre Vision for Dumfries
  • Heathery Knowe Development Framework

For more information please contact: Julian Farrar click here to email Julian

Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy - Urban Design Charrette
Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy - Urban Design Charrette
Hamilton Urban Village Masterplan
Kincardine O'Neil Detailed Design Brief
Cowglen Regeneration Masterplan
South Lanarkshire Community Growth Development Framework
Erskine Town Centre Regeneration Masterplan
Bathgate Town Centre Urban Design Framework
Irvine Town Centre Framework
North Dunfermline Concept Masterplan
East Whitlawburn Design Principles