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A great evening for the annual RTPI dinner, Bristol

8th June 2023

A great evening at the #RTPISouthWest in #Bristol. 

We would like to say a big thank you to all of those involved in the organising of the event, and to those that joined us on our UDB table. We look forward to next year!


John A's Green Man Ultra Marathon!

26th August 2022

Congratulations to our colleague John Armstrong for completing the 47 mile Green Man Ultra Marathon at the weekend and earning £500 sponsorship for the Youth Adventure Trust! He suggested entering a UDB team next year... we said we'd get back to him!.

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UDB SUP the River!

8th July 2022

The UDB team enjoyed the sun in Devon yesterday for our summer away day! 

A leisurely paddle up the River Avon followed by a swim and waterside lunch was the perfect day out of the office!


The New Stone Age; 15 Clerkenwell Close 

27th May 2022

Thanks to Design West and Amin Taha for a thought-provoking talk on Groupwork's 15 Clerkenwell Close last night.

It was very interesting to hear about the design and planning process of the building, and the perceived challenges of designing with what’s now considered an ‘unconventional’ building material in the modern day.

Looking forward: with climate change and embodied carbon being an essential consideration within the construction industry, will we be seeing stone in place of concrete and steel more often?

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And locally to us in Bristol, it will be exciting to see plans develop for Groupwork’s carbon-negative scheme at the heart of the city at Castle Park.

A new Associate Director for UDB. 

9th May 2022

We're very happy to announce that Angela Jacobs has been promoted to Associate Director here at Urban Design Box!

Angela has been part of Urban Design Box since 2017, and has been integral to many of the projects and successes we've had over recent years. Angela's new role reflects her commitment and skills as an urban designer, which is a true asset to our company. We're proud to share this news and look forward to working together going forwards, congratulations Angela!

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With age comes offering advice!

11th April 2022

We are pleased to announce that John Armstrong has joined Jonathan Vernon-Smith on The Design Review Panel.

John is looking forward to offering the benefit of his 25 years' experience in planning and design to newly emerging development proposals (there has to be some benefit to getting old!). 

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Nice to see you in person again.

5th April 2022

We had an enjoyable evening on Thursday at the Bristol Planning Law and Policy Conference dinner. It was great to see so many familiar faces again after a couple of years without in-person events!

Thank you to our friends and clients for joining us on the Urban Design Box table: Grant StevensonAlistair MacdonaldJames MillardFergus Thomas MRTPIHarrison Landers (AssocRTPI) and Matthew Kendrick, we hope you had a great time.

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Outline Application for Persimmon.

11th March 2022

We're very happy to have assisted 

Persimmon Homes Wessex with the design of an outline application for up to 190 homes at Midsomer Norton, Somerset. The masterplan is strongly influenced by context which includes local historic landmarks and open views to the south.

We've enjoyed working within a great team, including: James Millard at Blue Fox Planning Ltd,  

Simpson TWSBrookbanksLandgage Heritage

WH Landscape Consultancy Ltd

Crossman Associatesinacoustic Redmore Environmental Ltd.


Thanks all! We look forward to working together to bring this allocated site forward with Mendip District Council.

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