Our Approach

We create memorable places that people are drawn to – while adding commercial, civic and social value.

Our methodology has people at its heart. After all, the underlying value of places is in their ability to foster human connection and support wellbeing.

But we never forget that we’re designing for buildability and deliverability, so our approach also focuses on commercials from day one. Using our rigorous, repeatable processes, we factor in the many details that make a scheme successful, from M&E solutions and sustainability to planning strategies and efficiency. 

As a result, we deliver well-designed schemes that stand the test of time. Not only do you get exceptional places that people are drawn to – you achieve that in a way that de-risks planning, appraisal and construction. And that means greater value for clients and communities.

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Our Design Ethos


“Our approach is rooted in efficient, rigorous, placemaking-led and people-focused design. As a result, we create great places that people are drawn to.”

Spencer John


How we deliver value through design…



We strive to create ‘intelligent places’ – rooted in market insight and focused on how people use space. Commercial acumen is intrinsic to good design, and we have a deep understanding of a broad range of sectors – along with the many (often competing) factors in a successful project.

As a result, your scheme has the foundation for success – with an elegant, robust design that delivers long-term value.

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We collaborate with you as an extension of your team, aligned to your goals. We bring together expertise from across the practice to create a compelling, strategic and viable vision for each project – and ensure that vision is realised in each detail of delivery.

Knowledge sharing is built into our rigorous, repeatable process. Our people have industry-leading design, commercial and technical expertise across sectors. We therefore see things others don’t, and open opportunities you hadn’t yet considered.



We’re at the forefront of design innovation, so you benefit from techniques that add value at each stage of the project lifecycle. 

We have an innate ability to challenge preconceptions and reimagine spaces. With our people-focused, placemaking-led approach, we have a framework for continually checking and refining thinking at each stage. That way, we can home in on where exactly the value is – and can maximise it.

Our design ethos in action…and the results

Explore some of our favourite projects and discover how our process maximises value for communities and clients.

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