Masterplanning and Urban Design
Our approach to urban design is one of creating unique and attractive sustainable places which enhance the quality of life for today’s population whilst safeguarding and improving that quality for future generations. JRUD has worked on a number of urban extensions including Cottam Hall, Preston and West Sumners in Harlow, which have involved community consultation, and some of which have been shortlisted for awards.
We set out below a prize winning project which attained Building for life ‘Gold’ standard. There our involvement was from consultation to concept and detailed masterplanning to delivery on site.
Telford Millennium Community (TMC) is one of the Government's Millennium Communities designed to explore the new agendas of better quality design, sustainability, and prefabrication. The brownfield site was once a mining area and thus presented major remediation issues. The development will accommodate up to 750 dwellings of which some 30% will be affordable, and the opportunity for a mix of uses. The project aims to minimise resource consumption, protect and enhance the local environment, increase social inclusion and participation and achieve long-term economic viability. The environmental sensitivity of the site meant that development has had to work around valuable habitats, challenging topography, mine shafts and waste tips. Extensive community consultation helped shape the masterplan, which promotes the concept of home zones and contemporary house design. Phases 1 and 2 have been built out and Phase 3 is under construction.