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Thu 24/03/22
Related Events: Urban Design

This session looks at the skills needed for Masterplanning; including urban spatial structure, how cities work and how to gather and what data and statistics to include for a successful masterplan.

Past Event

Wed 16/03/22, 2–4pm
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We will introduce the GLA’s Optimising Site Capacity planning tool and calculate external areas for a typical development site using a range of residential building types. Whilst delegates do not need any prior knowledge or access to Sketch Up, we will provide digital files to those delegates with access to Sketch Up to prepare their own housing led scheme.


14.00 Registration

14.05 An introduction to the indictive site capacity tool kit, Alan Smithies & Elliot Kemp (GLA)

14.30 An introduction to Sketch Up – no experience required! Paul Dodd (UDL)

15.00 Using the tool to calculate the capacity for an example site, Alan Smithies & Elliot Kemp (GLA)

15.30 Close

Past Event

Tue 01/02/22, 10am–12.30pm
Related Events: Urban Design

Understanding how development finances work and how it can impact on the design outcome is a must-have tool in the planning process. This session sets out the changing variables of scheme calculations and how to get the best design and a viable project.


9:50 Welcome

10:00 Importance of good design & wellbeing, Tom Copley (GLA)

10:10 How development finances work Charles Soloman,John Bacher & Jane Seymour (GLA)

Comfort Break

11:15 How viability impacts on design outcome, Valerie Conway & Debbie Lloyd (David Lock Associates)

11:45 Exemplar case studies

  • Agar Grove 1B, Alex Ely (Mae Architects)

12:30 Round up/close

Past Event

Thu 18/11/21, 10am–12.30pm
Related Events: Urban Design

This vital skill in placemaking introduces the language and stages of negotiation that will help you understand what is needed to ‘close the deal’ and get the best outcome for schemes.


10:00 Introduction

10:05 Seven Stages of Negotiation, Clive Rich

11:30 Short break

11:35 Case Study Exercise, Clive Rich

12:30 Close

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Past Event

Wed 06/10/21
Related Events: Urban Design

This popular session introduces a succinct and creative way to express your design ideas that aids discussion and interpretation of places and spaces.

Past Event

Thu 01/07/21
Related Events: Urban Design

We will understand how to read a plan and the various ways in which schemes can be visually represented, assessing projects that use different drawing types.

Past Event

Thu 20/05/21, 9.45am–1.45pm
Related Events: Urban Design

This session explains design policy and guidance, setting out the characteristics of a successful place. We will look at how to ensure places are fit for purpose, encourage easy movement, are accessible and have efficient use of land and resources.


  • Hilary Satchwell, Tibbalds
  • Deborah Saunt, DSDHA
  • Chris Martin, Urban Movement 
  • Jane Hakes, Dacorum and Public Practice
  • Amanda Reynolds, AR Urbanism 

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