Case Studies

A selection of our case studies showing the scope of our experience and expertise.

Planning

Devonshire Design Framework

The practice, working with Jan Kattein Architects, was appointed by Eastbourne Homes to develop the Devonshire Design Framework (DDF), a comprehensive urban renewal strategy for Devonshire, a ward on the east side of the town. While popular as a place to live, the ward suffers significant deprivation as evidenced in overcrowded housing, worn out and illegible public realm and a low wage culture.

Urban Strategy for the River Thames

In many places along its length, the benefits of proximity to the river are under-exploited. The river has massive potential as a connector and source of pleasure. Our urban strategy puts forward a 'Pier Strategy' that identifies multiple opportunities to improve both visual and physical access to London's waterways. Individually, they change the nature, potential and quality of place in each location; collectively, they transform the relationship between the city and its waterways.

Well Street Neighbour-hood Plan

Since 2011, the practice has been acting as facilitators to a group of residents, the Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT), to develop a neighbourhood plan for the Well Street area of Hackney. Our main successes and input have been acting as interlocutor with the local authority, providing advice and guidance, signposting relevant reports and studies, producing a comprehensive evidence base to support policy development and fundraising (we have secured £10,000 towards the group’s activities).

Chatham Ward Community Plan

Plan Projects was appointed by the Chatham Ward Community First Panel, a group of residents and business owners, to prepare a plan, setting out how the community could develop in the future, capturing key community needs and priorities

Stamford Hill Area Action Plan

Plan Projects was appointed Lead Consultant within a multi-disciplinary team to support the client prepare an evidence base, policy recommendations and design framework for an Area Action Plan for Stamford Hill, a large neighbourhood in North London of around 60,000 people.

Camley Street Neighbourhood Plan

Plan Projects is involved with the development of a neighbourhood Plan for Camley Street, a well-established community close to Kings Cross, to ensure a new development in the area reflects more closely the needs and values of the people and businesses located there.

Community Development

Trumpington Meadows

The Cultural Strategy for Trumpington Meadows looked at how cultural projects of different kinds could play a role in embedding sustainability into this major urban extension on the southern fringe of the city of Cambridge.

Altrincham

Plan was commissioned by Nikal to produce an outline Cultural Strategy for the Altair site, a major mixed use development, in Altrincham to support their bid to become the preferred developer for the Altrincham General Hospital.

Pendleton

Plan was appointed through Salford URC to develop a Cultural Strategy for Pendleton in the context of the ‘Creating a New Pendleton’ project.

Evolution Project Peckham

Taylor Wimpey approached Plan to put together a Cultural Strategy for their ‘Evolution’ Development in the heart of Peckham.

The Junction

Plan Projects was commissioned by The Junction to produce a cultural project that would help the developer cultivate a positive relationship with the community living close to one of their retail parks in Brent. Working with the marketing and corporate social responsibility team, Plan set up projects with three local secondary schools and implemented a series of projects involving the production and exhibition of works of art by students.

Pepys Estate

Devising an artistic treatment to the children’s recreation space as part of the wholesale regeneration of the Pepys Estate. 

Bryant Estate

Plan Projects worked with MHS Homes to devise a cultural project to contribute to the regeneration of a residential housing estate consisting of three residential blocks in Rochester.

Public Realm

Chancery Lane

As part of improvements to the public open spaces and facilities in the street, the ACS for Chancery Lane presents the role of cultural activity in attracting more visitors and diversifying the investment potential of the area and thereby contributing to its regeneration.

Lively Cities, 'Common Room'

In February 2012 Brighton & Hove City Council launched a competition to source a practice to deliver an ‘inspirational design for a pilot place-making project’ to transform the lived experience of an area known as Ann Street/Providence Place Gardens. Plan Project’s proposal, developed with Luis Trevino Architects, entitled ‘Common Room,’ won the competition. The ‘Common Room’ project trialled various ideas for how to improve an area of public realm and the streets adjacent to it through a combination of environmental changes and cultural activities.

Silvertown Way

Plan Projects was appointed to work up a public realm strategy for the temporary use of a large area of derelict open space close to the centre of Canning Town. We put forward a design solution that creates a ‘stage’ for a series of mutually reinforcing cultural uses, entitled ‘Playscape,’ that combine commercial viability, value to the local community and relevance to both the regeneration aims of the area and the eventual redevelopment of the site. These uses included urban farming, a BMX park, street food and a hard standing space for the community and corporate performance and event activities.

Wellington Street Public Realm Pilot

Wellington Street in Covent Garden is witness to one of London’s most notorious pedestrian/cyclist conflict zones. Plan Projects was briefed by the The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) to consider how the interaction between pedestrian and cycle traffic where a cycle lane crosses the footpath at the southern end of Wellington Street could be improved. Possible solutions would be explored by way of a pilot project that would re-consider the routing of cycle lanes and seek to optimise the social and cultural potential of the wider public realm.

Devonshire Ward

Plan Projects was commissioned by Eastbourne Homes to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Devonshire Ward, a large area forming the eastern section of the town centre. As part of the commission a Public Realm Strategy (PRS) was required; this identified major opportunities for improving the public realm and how the over-arching objectives conceived as part of the UDF could be translated into proposals on the ground. The PRS addressed the following themes: green space, movement, civic spaces and strategic development.

Stamford Hill Public Realm Strategy

As part of supporting the client to develop an Area Action Plan for Stamford Hill Plan Projects produced a detailed Public Realm Assessment and Strategy. This looked at the connections between open spaces, the quality of children’s play facilities, and an analysis of the town centre’s commercial character. The final deliverable to the client was a ‘Public Realm Assessment’ highlighting current issues and a ‘Public Realm Strategy’ bringing together overarching recommendations and smaller scale interventions that would progress Stamford Hill’s urban spaces.

Public Art Strategies

30 Crown Place

Plan was required to oversee the commission of an art work for the interior of Greycoat’s new office tower at 30 Crown Place; as well as contribute to the overall sense of refinement and beauty within the interior its purpose was to mask an unsightly electricity substation facing the interior lobby.

Wenlock Basin

Plan Projects was commissioned by the developers Londonewcastle and United House to put together the Public Art component to their development at Wenlock Basin.

West Quay Marina

The strategy for West Quay Marina looked at the role of public art practice in the regeneration of this key site on Poole Harbour. The document, the first that had been commissioned in the Poole area, provided the local authority with a model and template that the local authority has gone on to use to develop public art projects in the town in the future.

Heddon Street

The commission for Heddon Street sought to employ the creativity of artists to assert the identity of the street as a place of creativity and recreation within the West End and as one of the Food Quarters of Regent Street.

Oxford St / Regent St / Bond St

Plan was appointed by Westminster City Council to produce an arts strategy as part of the ORB Action Plan; its purpose is to improve these streets both as public places and shopping destinations.

Wycombe District Council

Enabling the Disctrict Council to give developers proper guidance on how to discharge planning conditions and obligations relating to public art

Chelsea Bridge Wharf

Commission for a water sculpture within the landscaped gardens at the development. 

Maida Vale

Commissioning a work of art along Maida Vale to create a sense of privacy and a striking landmark. 

Normansfield Hospital

Plan Projects was asked to source a sculpture for this prestige residential development in Teddington, South West London.

Yallops Yard

Delivery of a work of public work of art in their Yallops Yard scheme, a major residential development of affordable housing, in Bow in East London.

Grand Union Canal

Commission to procure a work of art to create a powerful artistic presence at a residential development on the Grand Union Canal.

Middlehaven

Following the creation of a masterplan by Will Alsop, Bioregional Quintain asked Plan Projects to devise a Cultural Strategy that would consider how cultural activity of different sorts could contribute to the physical regeneration of the Middlehaven site.

Paddington Central

Creation and implementation of the art programme for phase two of the PaddingtonCentral development in London

Darlington Town Centre

Development of a public realm arts programme as part of the retail-led regeneration of Darlington Town Centre.

Temple Gate

Plan was commissioned by Aedas Architects to work up a strategy for art in the public realm at the Temple Gate site in Bristol.

New Burlington Place

Developed programme for art in the street leading to the commissioning of architectural light sculptures integrated into the remodelled environment of New Burlington Place to promote pedestrian footfall and sense of identity.

Eagle Shopping Centre

Plan worked with Westfield Shoppingtowns and the public art team at Derby City Council to put together a comprehensive programme for art in the public realm at the Eagle Centre shopping centre in the city centre.

Curzon Square

In 2001, Plan Projects was commissioned to source the public art for a new open space in Mayfair, to be called Curzon Square. The works were meant not only to enliven the area, but also provide seating. The new space opened in 2003, with the required works commissioned from the sculptor John Aiken.

Snowy Farr memorial sculpture

Walter ‘Snowy’ Farr MBE was a prominent and colourful charity fundraiser well known to the people of Cambridge and a familiar sight on Market Square and in Petty Cury. On his death, it was agreed a permanent sculpture should be commissioned memorialising his life and work. Plan Projects was commissioned to manage the process leading to the appointment of an artist to undertake the work.

Mill Road Cemetery

Mill Road Cemetery in Cambridge was closed to burials some years ago and now forms a valued public open space within what is a very urban part of the city. Plan Projects was appointed in 2009 to work with the Council and members of the community on an environmental art project designed to contribute to enrich the environmental condition and biodiversity of the Cemetery and improve it as a place for social and community activity.

Osiers Gate

Plan Projects acted public art adviser and commissioning agent for an ambitious design treatment at one of the key developments in Wandsworth Riverside Quarter. Th e commissioned designers, Dallas Pierce Quintero, addressed the louvres on the scheme’s energy centre with a pattern derived from the ‘osier,’ a plant grown on the site that was once used for industrial purposes.

Landscape Architecture

Ann Street Providence Place Gardens

The project at Ann Street/ Providence Place sought to re-design a neighbourhood park and surrounding public realm that had become dead space, attracting misuse and anti-social behaviour. Plan produced a design that successfully re-modelled the site, improving access into the space and removing unnecessary barriers and clutter.

Pier Head

The river Thames and the wider ‘Blue Ribbon Network’ touch the lives of all Londoners both city-wide and at the level of the everyday. The Pier Head at Wapping shows how river infrastructure and water itself can be used to build adaptable, people centric spaces; an accompanying Public Art Strategy would offer a vision for how artists can help shape the city’s relationship with the river and build its identity and appeal.

Osiers Estate

Plan Projects has completed its commission for Barratt Homes to design the main public square at their residential development at Osiers Road in Wandsworth.

Whitechapel New Road Public Realm Proposals

Plan Projects has been working with London Borough of Tower Hamlets to develop ways a key open space in Whitechapel could be retrieved from its use as a car park and reinvented as a buzzing and eclectic civic resource.

Radius Residential Courtyard Design

Plan Projects was commissioned by Taylor Wimpey firstly to write the Public Art Strategy for Radius, a residential scheme of 158 dwellings, and then, on the basis of this document, conceive a design solution for the entire public realm working in collaboration with Walter Jack Studios.

The Greenway

The Greenway Park is a wonderful new piece of green infrastructure sitting within New England Quarter, one of the city’s new residential areas. It performs a key strategic function linking this community with the station and Brighton’s bustling Lanes.

Urban Projects

FARM:Wembley Meanwhile proposal

In October 2011, Plan Projects formed a team to respond to a tender issued by the London borough of Brent to develop viable ‘meanwhile’ uses for one or two of the vacant premises clustered at Wembley Triangle; a second part of the tender asked for a strategy to develop a meanwhile colony at Wembley, to deliver a more sustainable, community orientated cultural strand to council’s regeneration vision for the area.

Honey Factory, Canning Town

Plan Projects was a finalist in a competition to identify a meanwhile use for a site opposite Canning Town DLR station in East London. The project, called ‘Honey Factory’ was subsequently featured as an example of best practice in the widely acclaimed book, The Temporary City by Peter Bishop, former head of Design for London, and Lesley Williams.

‘Playscape’ meanwhile project

In December 2010 Plan Projects formed a team to take part in a competition offered by Newham Council, Design for London and Property Week magazine. They had identified three sites close to the Royal Docks in East London that were suitable for ‘Meanwhile’ projects. These are creative, community-centric temporary uses for development sites and empty premises that are awaiting development or long term commercial use.

Leicester Square

The Square reopened in May 2012 following a major redesign by landscape architects Burns + Nice. The strategy will provide the partners with a means of conceiving, organising, monitoring and managing events in the Square consistent with its status as one of the West End’s key civic spaces.