URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) is an award winning masterplanning and urban design consultancy based in Manchester.

Since URBED was founded over 40 years ago, we have been exploring how the principles of environmental sustainability can be applied to urban areas at masterplan and building scale. We pride ourselves on having a strong understanding of the challenges facing local authorities and communities, a commitment to discover their aspirations, and the tools and methods to co-design happy and liveable places.

We believe in building healthier communities, creating positive places to live, and enabling good design at urban as well as architectural scales.

Our visionary work and expertise was recognised through the Wolfson Economics Prize, which was awarded to David Rudlin and Nicholas Falk in 2014 for their work on how to create garden cities that are visionary, economically viable and popular.

URBED is an employee owned co-operative, and managed by its members. Our collaborative values reflect the work and services we undertake with clients, fellow consultants, and local communities. Our office is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of urban designers, planners, architects, and geographers.

Every year we co-ordinate 4x4 Manchester, an event series designed to challenge the way we think about our respective disciplines and promote a real debate about the state of our cities, stimulated by interesting, diverse and provocative speakers (4x4manchester.com).   


1. A masterplan for Sharpness Dock in Gloucestershire, for the Canal & River Trust.
2. Street visualisation of Sharpness, showing views through to the Severn estuary.
3. Aerial of the Vaux masterplan, a mixed use scheme on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in Sunderland, for Siglion.
Primary Office
5th Floor
10 Little Lever Street
M1 1HR
0161 200 5500
Key Contact
John Sampson
Regional Offices: 
North West
3D Visualisations
Branding & Identity Design
Economic Development
Education & Training
Graphic & Web Design
Public Consultation
Sustainability Assessments
Urban Design
Residential Schemes
Retail and Town Centres
Commercial Office & Employment Space
Public Realm Design & Transport Planning
Mixed Use Brownfield Regeneration
Greenfield Development
Green Infrastructure & Open Spaces
Coastal Areas
Tourism & Leisure