Chris joined Savills Oxford Urban Design Studio in February 2019 after completing his Master’s Degree at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College of London.
As a passionate urban practitioner with qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Chris is deeply committed to providing a multidisciplinary approach towards developing urban design solutions that flex between local and strategic-wide scales. He provides a strong set of design skills and enthusiasm towards practicing urban design that ensures the deliverability of high quality and pioneering placemaking. Chris has experience in Masterplanning, LVIA Assessment, Design Coding, Strategic Site Assessment, as well as Landscape and Townscape Character Assessment.
South Oxford Science Village (SOSV) - Thames Water, Magdalen College & Oxford City Council
Chris has worked on the latter stages of the SOSV, following its adoption into the South Oxfordshire Local Plan. The SOSV site is located in the Green Belt and has various constraints such as existing overhead power lines with associated electrical substation and sewage treatment works. Subsequently the proposals put forward for this site’s development required a rigorous design process underpinned by various forms of analysis. Chris has continued this further research and analysis as the proposals continue to progress through the LPA process. He has looked at the strategic city wide, nationwide and even global impact of the educational, business and R&D proposals put forward as part of the SOSV masterplan. Chris continues to support the design team by testing and researching the social, economic and environmental impacts of various masterplanning / design scenarios in conjunction with recent emerging local and national planning policy.
Whetstone - Tritax Symmetry
Chris has been involved with the design and masterplanning of a new contemporary Garden Village south of Leicester at a key location on the M1. The proposals have the potential to accommodate between 3,500 - 6,000 new homes and a logistics park circa 4 million sq ft of employment floor space, as well as a motorway services area, shops, schools, healthcare facilities, employment opportunities, green and blue infrastructure, community facilities, leisure opportunities and new sports facilities. The proposals emerged through a landscape led masterplanning approach which has prioritised the integration of a new settlement with the surrounding landscape by maximising the retention and design of green and blue infrastructure which has been used to frame the structure of residential development. The proposals have utilised existing extensive ecological corridors and heritage assets to enhance and deliver a new settlement that provides residents with well-designed places, positioning social, environmental and economic prosperity at the heart of its deign ethos and values.