Urban Design

Cities and urban areas are experiencing some of the most seismic changes in their history. This is why it is vital for local authorities to work with partners like Halliday Fraser Munro who can help develop inspiring approaches to urban design that will create more dynamic towns and cities.

A changing world demands new approaches

Changes in shopping, commuting and working behaviours are transforming the way we use cities. The dominance of the car, with its associated pollution and congestion, is rapidly being eroded. All of this is accelerating the need for fresh thinking to address problems facing urban centres such as the decline of the high street and the impact of remote working.

Combining architecture, planning and landscape design, we offer the essential range of skills to develop compelling and inspirational urban design strategies. Our expertise across commercial, residential, education, leisure and retail sectors also offer our clients a depth of knowledge, commercial acuity and insight that is unrivalled in Scotland, placing us alongside the largest practices in the UK.

This depth of knowledge has enabled us to deliver a variety of innovative and exciting urban design projects across the UK which are engaging people, driving sustainability and bringing new life to urban communities.

A holistic vision for the urban environment

Good urban design goes far beyond reshaping the aesthetic relationship between the buildings in a conurbation. It’s also about transforming the spaces in between buildings and redeveloping them to create a better, more connected, environment in which to live and work.

Many cities and towns across the UK now want to follow the example of cities like Manchester and Barcelona, which have seen, once-dormant, parts of the city centre emerge as rejuvenated areas for communities to thrive socially, economically and culturally.

Innovations like repurposing streets to create linear parks have the potential to transform city life and facilitate better ways to move around and interact with the city’s infrastructure.

We are keen to work with local authorities wishing to embrace his model of more stimulating and pleasant urban living. It has the potential to revive our towns and cities and prevent encroachment onto our environmentally precious greenfield land.