As the populations of existing settlements increase, greater pressure is put on land use to accommodate this growth throughout our cities. With improved railway infrastructure investment comes greater potential for new places to live, work and play. Better connectivity and convenient, attractive public transport systems offer up opportunities for existing urban expansion or the creation of whole new settlements as desirable destinations in themselves.
There are challenges too, whether they be to land use and potential displacement of traditional activities sited next to railway infrastructure, integrating complex railway systems or simply the physical barriers formed by the railways themselves.
Our masterplanning portfolio has grown beyond urban planning projects to include the technical challenges of delivering new development on and around railways, land use change and the implications for established settlements; together with developing architectural typologies which aim to address land use intensification and flexible development plot accommodation.