Taunton Garden Town

David Orr has been appointed to assist Taunton Deane Borough Council to draw up their Garden Town Plan. Working with Architecture Centre Devon & Cornwall CIC, David is helping define the spatial vision in key diagrams and illustrations for the town as a whole and the town centre. Drawing on themes that make Taunton . . . → Read More: Taunton Garden Town

David Orr to support Atkins on Homes England contract in the south west

Urban design practice David Orr Consulting is pleased to be supporting Atkins with masterplanning and urban design in the South West region on the new framework contract for Homes England. Atkins is one of the consultants appointed to assist HE and their partner agencies to help speed delivery of 300,000 homes a year over . . . → Read More: David Orr to support Atkins on Homes England contract in the south west

Which way Westerham?

It has been a pleasure working with Rummey Design once again on the plans for Westerham in Kent. Working for Squerreyes Estate, we have been examining the landscape around the town, the way the town works and has developed over the years and how new development might allow it to grow whilst maintaining its character, . . . → Read More: Which way Westerham?

Sandwich town centre

We are pleased to have been appointed to support Rummey Design on a project for Kent County Council, Sandwich Town Council and the Sandwich Town team on a review of traffic and public realm in this lovely historic cinque port town. The urban area is a tightly laid out mediaeval pattern with extremely narrow streets . . . → Read More: Sandwich town centre

Bourn airfield masterplan

The old airfield at Bourn saw action in the Second World War as a key RAF resource. Now derelict it is being considered as a potential development site west of the growing city of Cambridge. I have been working with Rummey Design on their proposal for Countryside Properties who are working with the local authority . . . → Read More: Bourn airfield masterplan

Barne Barton Neighbourhood Plan

I have been assisting the Barne Barton Neighbourhood Forum in West Plymouth in developing their Neighbourhood Plan that is emerging from a series of workshops run with Architecture Centre Devon & Cornwall earlier in the year. The community has a strong identity and specific local issues to deal with including poor connections to the city, . . . → Read More: Barne Barton Neighbourhood Plan

Mark’s Gate regeneration

Mark’s Gate is a 1960s housing estate near Romford on the edge of greenbelt and isolated from Chadwell Heath and Romford town centre by the A12 Eastway. It has a vibrant mixed community with a shopping parade, community facilities and schools at its centre. The parish church is looking to redevelop their site and offer . . . → Read More: Mark’s Gate regeneration

Shaping Torquay

I recently completed a study into the potential urban design parameters for a new development on Torquay harbour-side in Devon. I was asked by local architects Kay Elliott to support their design team in discussions with the council, English Heritage and their client over the design. There was a need to formulate a robust and . . . → Read More: Shaping Torquay

Keeping Newton Abbot special

I have been working through last autumn helping Teignbridge District Council shape the designs of their masterplans for their Local Plan growth areas in three main areas around Newton Abbot in Devon. With Design Action, the Architecture Centre for Devon and Cornwall‘s enabling arm, I initially helped facilitate a collaborative design exercise with local people . . . → Read More: Keeping Newton Abbot special

Appointed as Design Council CABE ‘Built Environment Expert’

I have been working with CABE Space and CABE since 2003 when I joined their Enabler team assisting local authorities to raise the profile of good design in landscape, public realm, masterplanning and other aspects of urban design. I am delighted to have the relationship renewed as I have been appointed to their panel of . . . → Read More: Appointed as Design Council CABE ‘Built Environment Expert’