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Masterplanning and urban design

Atkins’ masterplanning team addresses the complex issues affecting our towns, cities and neighbourhoods; we focus on design excellence, supported by a breadth of multidisciplinary skills and technical expertise.

Masterplanning must be both visionary and practical to achieve full development potential. To meet our clients’ objectives, we combine analysis of the policy, planning and physical issues with a practical understanding of financial, cost and phasing implications.

Our work in this sector ranges from major metropolitan masterplans in large cities, through plans for brownfield and greenfield sites of all sizes, to urban design frameworks for market towns and declining district centres. It has set the framework for delivery of various types of development – often mixed and always very carefully integrated with their contexts.

We also deliver masterplanning for station and interchange buildings, together with adjacent associated mixed-use developments. Drawing on a wide range of capabilities, from transport planning to public space design, we provide innovative traffic and transportation advice and ideas to support masterplan evolution, contributing at every project stage from site feasibility to detailed design. Over the past 25 years we’ve produced literally hundreds of masterplans – with over 500 in China alone.

Atkins’ masterplanning team provides a vision, with economic and market elements, that explains how a site or an area will be developed. The masterplan must make the most of existing assets, for instance historic buildings and townscape, as well as introducing new dynamics. It must be a catalyst for attracting funding and inward investment. High quality and sustainable development, long term economic viability and the protection of the environment are central.

Urban development by its nature requires a comprehensive, integrated, multidisciplinary approach which Atkins is particularly well suited to provide. Our skills are tailored to meet the challenge of responsive planning in a changing world.

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