What we do

Find out more about our broad range of services.

Spatial Planning

Plan Projects has a strong track record in supporting public sector clients develop evidence-based Planning Frameworks to enable them to work with a wide range of stakeholders to define an ambitious agenda for development or long term urban renewal. At a fundamental level, we believe a hybrid approach, combining top down expertise with grass roots knowledge, provides the best conditions for taking forward large scale urban projects. Our studies provide the basis for locally specific Development Frameworks and Design Briefs, prompting developers and architects to be imaginative and progressive in their response. 
 
Clients have found our research work, providing the evidence for spatial planning, to be both thorough and illuminating. Our methodologies provide a mix of community engagement, non-survey and mapping and observational activity to generate robust, representative and credible evidence from which to develop policy.
 

Neighbourhood Planning

The government’s localism agenda has placed more power in the hands of local communities to influence development. By putting together a ‘neighbourhood plan’ a community can help determine key issues such as housing, employment sites and infrastructure. Plan Projects mobilises its regeneration, community engagement and spatial planning skills to facilitate community and neighbourhood planning, acting as an interlocutor with the local authority and government agencies, providing advice and guidance, signposting relevant reports and studies, fundraising and sourcing evidence to support policy development. 
 

Cultural Wellbeing and Community Development

Taking a broad, rather than purely arts based notion of culture, these studies identify how cultural activity can play a role in the multifaceted business of urban regeneration and development, searching across arts, sports and environmental platforms to promote economic resilience, community well-being and environmental quality. As a study that cuts across all aspects of the delivery of sustainable places, they are a strategic tool and source document from which can spring innovative and original approaches to urban design, particularly those that attempt a so-called ‘massive-small’ methodology, that is where many actors working independently bring about change at a macro level. Our studies ensure economic development recognises the core strengths of place and master-planning encompasses the social as well as environmental strands of sustainability.

Public Realm Strategies

Public realm should support a multiplicity of different uses, aiding mobility, supporting business activity, providing places for social interaction and play. It can provide intimacy, aid community life or offer grand sweeping gestures. Plan Projects landscape and urban design team has wide experience of working on both neighbourhood and district-wide public realm strategies. As an initial step, we carry out desk-based and observational research to understand the issues of use, scale and context. Based on this research, we arrive a vision, underpinned by key design principles, for how the public realm can deliver the essential infrastructure and networks an urban environment requires.

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture plays an essential role in delivering successful public realm and delivering community well-being. Our landscape team combines vision and imagination with technical rigour to create highly functional, beautiful places with a strong sense of character.

We are keen to work collaboratively, encouraging participation by local people in arriving at design solutions that are original, but also address specific community needs. Moreover, through our knowledge of public engagement and social research we are able to create spaces that provide outlets for local community expression, encouraging a feeling of custodianship and pride among residents and users.

Public Art Strategies 

Plan Projects defines successful public art as that which achieves artistic excellence, has a clear purpose within the wider built realm, and resonates for local people.  Flowing from this, in the debate about the community’s role in public art commissioning, we firmly believe the best public art draws on the local knowledge and values of the people who will live with it once it has been commissioned. The role of the commissioning agency is to mediate between these two interests and create a space in which an intellectual collaboration can occur where the artist’s creative talent is framed by an understanding of people and place.

Urban Projects

Plan Projects devises and manages creative projects as part of the delivery of regeneration and development. These address the economic, social and environmental needs of place and, as a result, are diverse and multifaceted. They have included  urban agriculture and horticulture, street art, sports events and festivals. Where urban design may deliver the ‘static’ aspects of place-making, the stage on which human dramas may be played out, we aim to stimulate the ‘kinetic’ – the changing, mobile and temporary that optimises the cultural value of place.