ADAM Urbanism is a leader in the field of contextual urban design and master planning, with over 40 years’ of practical experience.
Our approach is to create beautiful, distinctive and enduring places, rooted to the established character of the surrounding region, where people want to live, work and visit. This approach makes good financial sense for landowners and developers: research has shown that traditional housing, designed in harmony with local character can improve commercial values by 5-10% on a like for like basis.
We learn from the past, through examination of the history and morphology of local places, understanding public realm character, topography and the movement networks. We enhance local identity through the use of local materials and architectural details.
Our projects range from small developments up to large scale urban extensions and new settlements. We believe in flexible design for robust development and future value, using land and energy resources efficiently. We research public opinion to keep abreast of the market.
We work collaboratively to design and deliver schemes, establishing a clear design leadership and vision, working with specialists, engaging with the local community through workshops and consultation, and sharing knowledge and research with others.
We design for flexibility to facilitate changing needs over time, using good quality traditional materials to create attractive, enduring places.
We prepare and administer design codes to control the design character and quality of public realm and individual buildings, and ensure the vision is delivered.
We tune our service to meet the needs of each project, acting as principal master planner, design architect, co-ordinating architect, and/or writing and administrating design codes. Our projects, spread across the UK, are at various stages: completed, under construction, planning proposal and early design concept.
In 2014 we published our latest research Tomorrow’s Home: Emerging social trends and their impact on the built environment. (Author & Researcher Lily Bernheimer, Space Works Consulting; Consultants & Editors ADAM Urbanism & Grainger plc. Sept 2014)