Design Collaborations

The consultancy often works in collaboration with others. It is common to work in multidisciplinary teams which often including economists, engineers and the fully range of environmental scientists. This allows a flexible approach to the nature of individual projects and reviewing alliances means that the skills required are constantly being tuned. Allegiances are also made with other designers. The consultancy finds that the complexity of issues in urban design is often not helped by unilateral approaches. The dynamics generated from a range of creative minds can elevate solutions beyond what is possible from one individual.

Neil Tully Associates

Neil Tully Associates is a small team of urban designers, landscape architects and horticulturalists, based in central London and operating throughout the UK and overseas. Neil has over 20 years experience in environmental consultancy and has been responsible for delivering significant landmark schemes bother in the UK and abroad. With a background in the environmental arts, Neil directs the masterplanning and visual hallmark of a scheme and is specialised in planning negotiation and documentation. Design collaborations: Loves Farm St Neots, Arbury Camp, Wixams, Gavray Drive Website:

John Thompson and Partners

John Thompson & Partners is an international placemaking practice, with extensive experience of delivering successful projects for both public and private sectors throughout the UK, Europe, Russia, China and the Middle East. We use participatory techniques pioneered and honed over two decades to build collaborative visions for our projects with the very people who will go on to use them. From our offices in London, Edinburgh and Berlin we undertake placemaking projects at every scale, from cities and towns, to neighbourhoods, streets, and the design of individual buildings. Design collaborations: Battersea Power Station, Car Lodge, Chilmington Green, Ashford Website:

MAE LLP Architects

mae LLP Architects was founded with the aim of improving the quality of our housing and built environment. We go beyond the traditional remit of the architect. mæ is a multi-disciplinary practice that combines architecture and urban design for public and private sector clients with policy and guidance, research and training for government and its agencies. We are engaged in the masterplanning of neighbourhoods, the design of innovative and affordable housing schemes, the advocacy of best practice, and the drafting of national policy. We aim to re-invent familiar building and housing types in order to add economic, environmental and cultural value. Our priorities are to maximise quality within limited budgets and to help our clients manage risk and add value. Design Collaboration: Transform South Yorkshire, DDQ Website:

Matrix Partnership

Matrix Partnership’s energetic and committed approach to urban design continues to shape a variety of urban areas throughout the UK and overseas. As the name implies, at the core of our approach is a belief that great places stem from different elements being melded together into a cohesive whole. At a time of ever-increasing specialisation, achieving more sustainable patterns of urbanism demands that disciplines unite around the common challenges of climate change and the need to deliver enduring places of distinction.   Design Collaboration: Transform South Yorkshire, DDQ Website:

Iceni Projects

The skills of a planner, the instincts of a developer. Iceni Projects combines town planning know-how with commercial and financial understanding. Our ability to deliver on our clients’ commercial objectives, within a planning framework, sets us apart from mainstream consultancies. Whether it be promoting a large scale urban development or negotiating on the finer points of a listed building application, Iceni consistently looks to identify creative ways in which to reconcile the requirements of all parties active in the development planning and decision making process.   Design Collaborations: Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Boreham Website:

Urban Graphics

Urban Graphics specialises in a wide range of graphic design and illustration for planning, urban design, transport infrastructure schemes and regeneration projects. We play an essential role in promoting urban quality, creating visions and engaging communities as part of the delivery process. We serve both private and public sector organisations. Website:


GL Hearn

GL Hearn have a proven track record in the delivery of housing ranging from small residential schemes to larger, complex mixed-use developments, and the longer-term promotion of strategic sites. They provide comprehensive advice on residential strategy, from site identification through to the delivery of planning permission. Design collaborations: Bleakhouse Farm, Wythall Website:


Savills has a national team of planning consultants have experience across the planning spectrum to ensure you always remain a step ahead in the planning process. Planning is a key, and often complex, factor in all transactions involving land and buildings, and gaining permission is crucial to a site’s value. They have up-to-date knowledge of evolving policy and practice, considerable experience in building the case for planning permission to be granted, and a long track record of achieving positive results. Design collaborations: Love’s Farm East, St Neots and MKWEA Website:

Barton Willmore

Barton Willmore is the largest Town Planning consultancy in the UK. The Practice offers planning guidance to clients from all sectors of the development industry – private landowners to local authorities, national corporate organisations to local businesses and on developments of all types and scales – to guide projects from concept to completion. We offer a personal, high quality consultancy service to clients, facilitating selection of the optimum service to meet their needs, whether choosing to use the services of the local office to their region or draw specialist or personal advice from any member of the Practice, wherever they are located. Design collaborations: Norton Farm, Bromsgrove Website:

Buro Happold

Buro Happold is a professional services firm providing engineering consultancy, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of buildings, infrastructure and the environment. Buro Happold is a practice of problem solvers working in the built and natural environment tackling the hardest issues that are most relevant to buildings, cities and strategic plans. Design collaborations: Money Hill, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Website:


Paul Drew Design have also worked with a number of consultants including: Arup, CPM, WSP, JMP, DTZ, Halcrow and Colin Buchanan.