WOODS HARDWICK is one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary professional practices specialising in the built environment.
A Complete Consultancy
Our services include architecture, urban design, civil engineering, structural engineering, transport planning, town planning and land surveying. We combine our breadth of expertise and depth of knowledge to deliver thoughtful, commercial and unique built environment services.
Quality Design Underpinned by Commercial Sense
Using our strong relationships across the development industry, we support all parties in the management and delivery of development projects. Combining imagination and innovation with commercial acumen and practical application, we help unlock the potential for all development.
Unique Approach to Urban Design & Masterplanning Service
Our integrated award-winning specialist teams have a breadth of experience in delivering all types of development at all levels of complexity. We are at the forefront of major developments throughout the UK, working to maximise development opportunities for our clients through exceptional design together with commercial understanding.
Being at the sharp end of delivery, Woods Hardwick brings added value to the role of Masterplanner and Urban Designer. Our intrinsic knowledge and practice of development delivery alongside the thoughtfulness and vision of Placemaking, Masterplanning and Urban Design ensures that all development opportunities benefit from exceptional integrated teams. Together we ensure that our clients’ schemes are high quality, visionary, beautiful and, crucially, deliverable.
These projects illustrate a variety of urban design responses and skill-sets based on a range of parameters, including Heritage, High Density Living, Regeneration and Large Scale Residential Masterplanning.
1. Brampton Park, Huntingdonshire – Heritage
We were appointed to undertake the Masterplan and Urban Design for the whole of the Brampton Park (former RAF Base). This site contained 20th century military offices – to be demolished – as well as Listed Buildings, Listed Walled Gardens. The whole site was also an Arboretum. The proposed Walled Garden was particularly interesting as the wall was listed and immediately adjacent to the Listed Brampton Park House and Coachhouses. Designing a sense of place and securing Consents required a collaborative approach between disciplines. The design proposed a cluster of modest, yet beautifully proportioned cottages outward looking onto the listed wall, creating a unique and intimate community of homes. This part of the site is now under construction and due to be completed, along with the wider site, by 2021.
2. Whittlesford, South Cambridgeshire – High Density Living
Our team were appointed to explore the redevelopment opportunity of this brownfield site in order to deliver high density living adjacent to Whittlesford Train Station, located just 20 minutes from Cambridge City Centre. The site was effectively a bowl, far lower that the ground level around it and subjected to significant views from surrounding countryside. The proposal explored a below ground car parking area, keeping the street level free from private car movements. This enabled the spaces and places around the buildings to take the form of community plazas and gardens serving the apartments above. This scheme is still at concept stage and looking to progress in the near future.
3. Fields Road, Wootton, Bedfordshire –
Large Scale Residential Masterplanning
We secured planning permission for a major urban expansion to the rural village of Wootton, Bedfordshire. The 700 dwelling concept with associated school and community facility was developed around the primary principle that green open space would dictate the urban form and grain of the entire development. The site, informal and contemporary in design, provided a green focal space at the heart of the scheme, with a network of green walkways meandering through to the peripheral edges of the site, to integrate with the existing settlement and context of the village. The scheme is built and has been the inspiration for further expansion
4, 5, 6. Tresham College, Wellingborough – Regeneration
Woods Hardwick was involved in a competition to redevelop the existing college campus in the town centre. The proposal retained the existing buildings and over-clad the facades with a perforated mesh screen to create a bespoke Tresham College Design. Our designs respected the historic context with a polished concrete wall that ran the full length of the site, providing a linking pine through the complex. This cord also sub-divided internal and external spaces, aiding wayfinding through the complex. The competition outcome is to be determined.