Project SCENe: Community Energy at Trent Basin

Building on our work with Blueprint on Trent Basin, we are delighted to be one of eight partners in this multi-disciplinary, collaborative project funded by InnovateUK.

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Smarter Growth: quality not quantity

Wednesday 30th November, 2016

In this piece for the RSA, Nicholas Falk argues that the term smarter growth should have wider appeal than inclusive growth, as it uses most people’s concerns to create healthier, safer and better looking places to foster social justice and tackle social exclusion. Instead of turning our back on Europe, we should be doubling our efforts to make connections with cities that face similar challenges. You can find the full article here.

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Proper support for industry

Monday 7th November, 2016

Nicholas Falk of the URBED Trust argues for proper support for industry in a letter to the Observer published on the 6th November. 

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Innovation in housing supply

Friday 4th November, 2016

Vicky Payne, Planner at URBED, will be speaking at this event on Thursday 17th November (17:30 - 19:30) in Leeds. Organised by the Leeds Planning Network and the Centre for Knowledge Exchange, this event focuses on innovation in housing supply. Other speakers include Rob Greenland from Leeds Community Homes and Jonathan Wilson (Development Director at Citu). 

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Retrofit information sheets

URBED have been commissioned by Carbon Co-op to develop a range of factsheets for their members, helping them to get to grips with some of the more technical aspects of retrofit.

The aspiration is to eventually develop a full suite of factsheets covering a range of different improvements, from insulation through to heating, ventilation and renewable technologies as well as guidance on procurement and energy performance.

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Group custom-build

Our latest stage 2 assessment is on Blueprint's Fruit Market development in Nottingham, a group custom-build scheme for three phases of residential units on a vacant site adjacent to the Victoria Leisure Centre and the revitalised Sneinton Market.

The group custom-build model will see home buyers engaged in a collaborative effort to design and build their new homes. This will give buyers input into the design of shared spaces and the customisation of their own home. 

Allotment of the Future featured in the Urban Design Journal

The Autumn 2016 edition of the Urban Design Group Journal focuses on 'Food and the City' and features an article on our involvement in the Allotment of the Future. Written by Helen and Jie, the article explains our design concept before exploring some of the content, in particular looking at themes of alternative protein, growing in urban spaces and the importance of soil.

The Autumn edition will be available on the Urban Design Group journal in due course: 


Dara Screening

Tuesday 18th October, 2016

On the 13th October 2016 URBED and The Samosa were delighted to put on a free screening of the play Dara at 70 Oxford Street Manchester (formally Cornerhouse).  The screening was followed by an open discussion chaired by David Rudlin (Director of URBED) with Anwar Akhtar (Director of The Samosa and production consultant for Dara) and Amina Lone (Hulme Ward Councillor and Director of the Social Action and Research Foundation).

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  • The audience take their seats
  • David, Amina and Anwar participate in the audience discussion
  • David, Amina and Anwar participate in the audience discussion
  • Anwar chats with members of the audience after the event

Planning for Posterity - Dr Nicholas Falk

Monday 17th October, 2016

Our Nick has written an article for the Town and Country Planning journal in the September issue, looking at how to plan strategically to join up infrastructure capacity with new development. 

The article in PDF format can be viewed here.


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Joint venture established to deliver West Bar in Sheffield

Friday 14th October, 2016

The West Bar scheme in Sheffield, designed by URBED and 5plus architects, is a step closer after developer Urbo announced the launch of a joint venture with Peveril Securities, the development arm of Bowmer & Kirkland Group. 


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