urban design

Designing to harmonise the built & natural environment

Working collaboratively with developers, other professionals (e.g. transport, ecology, architecture, etc.), stakeholders and the local community; our designers, environmental consultants and landscape architects identify key design issues within a new or regeneration project. They ensure that any potential future objections are addressed early in the development process, so that everyone feels that change will be beneficial. We assemble a comprehensive picture of an area today in order to learn from it, and put forward proposals that demonstrate how potential constraints and opportunities need to be responded to.

Our designs will encompass sustainable water management systems as well as looking to enhance natural habitats and increase biodiversity.

Our urban design services

SuDS designs and retrofits

Water resource management encompasses a wide range of disciplines and expertise, including integrated water resources management, assessment of the demand for water for drinking and irrigation purposes, groundwater mapping and surface water monitoring, simulation and modelling of the hydrologic cycle, legislation, river basin management, institutional and capacity building and water resources protection.

Our designers and engineers deliver an integrated approach to water resources, ensuring that the management, development and utilisation satisfies socio-economic, environmental, sustainability and multi-sectoral water demands. Advanced technical solutions are applied and stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Green roofs

A green roof has many benefits at economic, ecological and social levels. Green roofs are becoming integral parts of climate-proof construction, whilst providing a happier and healthier environment for people to live. A green roof provides a rainwater buffer, purifies the air, reduces the ambient temperature, regulates the indoor temperature, saves energy and encourages biodiversity in the city.

Our environmental consultants will support clients in understanding the desired biodiversity and habitat for the selection of the most appropriate green roof system. Our understanding of the bioregion, species requirements and planting can help inform clients which system makes the most sense. Biodiversity is also closely tied to everything from water management to insulation. When designing for this, our consultants will consider a range of elements like deeper soils, un-vegetated areas, hard surfaces, as well as varying depths and composition of substrate.

Rain gardens

Rain gardens are becoming a key contributor in the mitigation of climate change, with benefits including pollution control, flooding protection, habitat creation and water conservation. Not only are they designed to temporarily hold and soak in rainwater runoff that flows from roofs, driveways, patios or lawns, rain gardens are effective in removing up to 90% of nutrients and chemicals and up to 80% of sediments from the rainwater runoff.

Together, our landscape architects and environmental consultants will design the sustainable water management infrastructure into a beautiful garden or green space, complementing the aesthetics of the development and delivering the necessary sustainable strategy to support the wider project objectives.

Structural waterproofing

The continued demand for building development space has seen increased incorporation of basements beneath buildings in urban, suburban and even rural locations. Basements, particularly in cities, are expanding in depth and size with the space progressively being used for activities that are much more sensitive and susceptible to damp and water ingress.

Basements and other substructures can leak both during and after construction and the consequences of leaking substructures are numerous and invariably result in costs associated with remedial works, delays to programme in construction and expenditure and disruption to the building operation after construction.

We can undertake robust risk assessments and deliver appropriate waterproofing design on behalf of all development stakeholders, taking into consideration a broad range of parameters that will impact on the overall development design.

Our CSSW qualified team offers a full design service including detailed risk assessments, desk studies, project specific details, sections and drawings and project support.

We are experienced in producing structural waterproofing designs to BS 8012 and NHBC chapter 5.4.

Stormwater drainage design

Modern stormwater design focuses on three important areas: slowing down water flow to reduce flooding or erosion problems downstream; retaining water on the property for future use as a natural filtration system; and reducing the cost of cleaning and unblocking storm water drains.

During the design process of a site development plan, it is necessary to develop drainage systems for collecting and conveying surface water from a site in order to minimise property damage. The functionality of a stormwater system comes down to the placement, capacity, and maintenance of the components of the system.

STRI’s water management engineers will analyse and design each and every site in order to provide a cost effective stormwater system. They will perform the necessary calculations and analysis to ensure that all drainage structures are of adequate size and capacity.

Water capture concept design

Rainwater harvesting is a process of collecting and storing rainwater that falls on a catchment surface, typically a roof, although almost any external surface could be suitable, for use, independent from, or supplemental to the mains water supply. This reduces demand on the mains supply, offers some resilience from local supply problems and reduces the amount of energy used for water treatment and transportation.

Our water management engineers will design water capture concepts as part of new build planning, or integrate the most relevant concept into a redevelopment project. Whether this be in the form of surface run off harvesting using ponds, tanks and in ground storage or rooftop rainwater harvesting using of blue or green roofs, our designs will successfully mitigate flood risk and control drainage as part of a clear sustainable drainage system strategy.

Landscape design

Landscape design is incorporated into a wide variety of projects, from parks and green spaces, to gardens, sports sites and large estates such as housing developments, business parks, universities, and hospital complexes. Our Landscape Architects undertake designs that regenerate or improve sites such as brownfield sites or contaminated sites, creating plans that become part of a biodiversity offsetting programme to help mitigate for the loss of habitat that may result from a new development.

Our goal is to create landscapes that can help soften spaces between buildings, can provide links between spaces, can provide a route for people, water and animals, can provide a space for assembly or recreation, and which can ultimately help improve environmental quality.

sectors we serve

  • Buildings

  • Cities

  • Environment

  • SuDS

  • Recreational spaces

  • Housing

delivering end-to-end bespoke solutions

As a multi-disciplinary, interconnected team, we bring together experts who develop solutions to create places which improve people’s lives as humanity adapts to the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change and population growth. We offer our clients tailor made strategies to support their goals and objectives, whether that be complete end to end project delivery or specific, targeted solutions. Our promise is to deliver future proof strategies and designs, that will stand the test of time, harmonising the ever increasing demands being placed on the built and natural environment.

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