08.09.16 We are delighted to be retained by Ticehurst Parish Council in East Sussex to continue working with them on their neighbourhood plan. We will be working alongside the steering group, helping to prepare policy statements and strategic diagrams as well as organising and running various community engagement events over coming months in the settlements of Ticehurst, Stonegate and Flimwell.
18.07.16 We are delighted to welcome Anna Freiesleben to the team. Anna is a RIBA Part One architecture graduate from Queen’s University in Belfast. She is particularly interested in improving people’s lives through good urban design. During her degree, Anna focused her architecture projects on having inclusive and sustainable aims, always considering her building designs within the wider context. Anna has built her experience in a variety of architectural practices over a number of years, working on healthcare, education and residential projects. Anna grew up on the English south coast and now lives in Dorchester.
14.07.16 Please note the Second Floor Studio will be closed over the summer break from Monday 1st August 2016 until Friday 3rd September 2016. We wish all our clients and collaborators a happy summer holiday!
29.06.16 Richard has been asked to contribute to an advice note for professional place-makers about how to keep urban centres feeling safe. The article entitled “Making Town & City Centres Feel Safe” appeared in the June 2016 edition of Place-Making Resource, an online resource and publication for planners, architects and urban designers.
06.05.16 Adele Maher, a planner for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and part of the technical team at Feria Urbanism, has been commended in the Young Planner of the Year category at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 at a ceremony in London last night. Adele leads a team of planners, urban designers and conservation officers to manage London’s growth in the most sustainable way. Her outreach work promoting the profession includes presentations at RTPI events in the South East region and at University College London and Hamburg universities. Roisin Willmott, RTPI Awards Advisor said: “Adele is convinced of planning’s value to the economy and is keen to ensure that communities are aware of its importance. Since 2015 she has been an ambassador of the profession and consistently demonstrates her enthusiasm, originality of approach, and team working skills in many voluntary roles for charities and universities.”
05.03.16 Richard & Antonia have provided support to the Milborne St Andrew neighbourhood plan group. Working with around 30 members of the local community, we helped them assess and analyse the qualities of the village and its surrounding landscape.
20.02.16 We are really pleased that our long-time collaborator and colleague Adele Maher has been short-listed for the RTPI Young Planner of the Year award. Adele has been a key part of our team for many projects including our work in Bournemouth, Weymouth, Liverpool, Staplehurst and Loose. Congratulations Adele!
28.01.15 We have been working with a range of different architectural practices and design firms on the new Whitehill & Bordon town centre. This complex mixed-use area will lie at the heart of a £1bn regeneration scheme in Hampshire that will deliver 3,350 new homes, over 5,000 new jobs and two new schools. Richard and Antonia have recently particpated in a design workshop organised and run by Barton Willmore.
17.12.15 Richard has been asked to contribute to an advice note for professional place-makers about how to develop a range of venues and well-managed public spaces in order to secure a diverse evening and night time offer in town and city centres. The article entitled “Boosting Night Time Activity In City Centres” appeared in the December 2015 edition of Place-Making Resource, an online resource and publication for planners, architects and urban designers.
15.12.15 Please note the Second Floor Studio will be closed over the Christmas break for two weeks from Tuesday 22nd December 2015. We reopen on Tuesday 5th January 2016. We wish all our clients and collaborators a happy holiday!
10.12.15 We have begun work with Paddock Wood Town Council in Kent with a training event for members of their neighbourhood plan steering group. The group carried out an assessment of the town centre to help understand its strengths and weaknesses.
20.11.15 We have run a consultation event in Lewes. This was an opportunity for local interest groups, local businesses, residents and the public to provide further contributions towards the drafting of the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. There was a poster exhibition of work and a request for people to help shape the next stages in the process.
30.10.15 Richard has been nominated as one of four inspiring people in planning by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Young Planner Survey. The results were published in the October edition of “The Planner” magazine.
05.10.15 The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan has undergone public examination at a three-day hearing. The results of the examination are expected to be known shortly. If the plan is considered to be sound, it will proceed to local referendum in 2016. Faversham Town Council has thanked Richard for his hard work and professionalism which was applied to the development of the plan. Members of the town council who attended the examination were impressed with his measured and forensic approach to the all the challenges.
30.09.15 Richard has presented the work of Feria Urbanism at an RTPI conference entitled “Building communities: Delivering growth and regeneration” in London. He spoke about the practice's work in Bristol, Weymouth, Hawkhurst and Lewes.
24.07.15 Please note the Second Floor Studio will be closed over the summer break from Friday 24th July 2015 for five weeks. We reopen on Thursday 3rd September 2015. We wish all our clients and collaborators a happy summer holiday!
03.07.15 The Feria Urbanism team of Antonia, Isabelle, David and Richard had a successful week in Lewes, East Sussex. We worked with representatives of the local community over three days to develop a vision for the town to help inform their emerging neighbourhood plan. You can find out more about this project at www.lewes4all.uk where all drawings and materials from the project have been uploaded. The team here at Feria has built and is maintaining the Lewes 4 All website on behalf of the neighbourhood plan group in Lewes.
11.06.15 Richard and Antonia have run a second successful event in Hemel Hempstead, considering the future of the Two Waters part of the town centre. We are now preparing the draft strategic framework document which will go before Dacorum Borough Council shortly.
28.05.15 Our team of Antonia, Gemma and Richard have had a successful week in Hawkhurst, Kent. We worked with residents over three days to develop a vision for the village and the parish to help inform their neighbourhood plan. We were delighted to collaborate with Janine Patterson Studio on this neighbourhood plan project with landscape designer Eleana Orr being part of our Hawkhurst team.
13.05.15 Antonia and Richard have worked together to prepare and run the first consultation event with local businesses and residents in the Two Waters part of Hemel Hempstead. Following two days on bicycles exploring the area, a series of engagement tasks were prepared to identify key areas of focus in this dynamic edge-of-centre neighbourhood.
15.04.15 We have completed a draft report on the potential for a neighbourhood plan for the East Street & Queensway area of Southampton city centre. We set out a series of recommendations that businesses need to consider before beginning a plan.
14.02.15 We have run a public consultation event on behalf of the Knowle West Future neighbourhood forum in Bristol. The work explored possible changes to a public square and how it could become a more people-friendly place rather than a vehicle-dominated junction. Our ideas were well-received by those who took part in the event.
12.02.15 Richard, Antonia and Isabelle have run a successful business-focused workshop to examine the future of the East Street & Queensway area of Southampton City Centre. The workshop recorded the issues most important to businesses and how a neighbourhood plan could tackle them. A second workshop is scheduled for later this year when we will set out a draft action plan.
30.01.15 We have begun work on the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan. This neighbourhood plan will explore the relationship between town and country and take an ecosystem approach to understanding how development can best be assimilated into the existing urban area. Richard and Antonia spent two days in Lewes learning about the town and how it functions. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
27.01.15 Richard has been appointed as urban design advisor to the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Project in Hampshire. This major development is currently the subject of an outline planning application, to be determined later this year. Richard will advise on the urban design aspects of the project and ensure that quality standards remain high as the project moves towards implementation and delivery.
13.01.15 We have been appointed by Hawkhurst Parish Council to assist them with the preparation of a neighbourhood plan. Following a competitive tendering process (during which Richard and Antonia impressed the interview panel!) the Feria Urbanism team was selected as the preferred team to support the community as it moves forward with a plan to inform the future spatial development of the parish.
13.10.16 We are pleased that the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan has been approved to go to referendum on Thursday 3rd November 2016. The referendum asks for a yes or no answer to the question: “Do you want Maidstone Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Staplehurst to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The polling station will be in the North Hall at the Village Centre. Polling will take place between 7am and 10pm on 3rd November 2016. For more information, see the parish council website.
If the referendum’s answer is yes, then Maidstone Borough Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in Staplehurst. This will give Staplehurst a greater influence over the shape of future development and related issues, such as infrastructure, traffic movement, community facilities, service provision, open spaces and enhancing the heart of the village.
We have been involved with the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan since the early stages. Back in July 2013, Richard and Isabelle first conducted a series of site visits to understand the village and its context. Our team then ran visioning work and design forum events with the wider community to generate a range planning policies and supporting illustrations.
Much of our work has been completed by Richard and Antonia but at different stages, the project has received valuable support from members of our technical team including David, Adele and Eleana. We will all have our fingers crossed for a yes vote on 3rd November…
18.10.16 Richard has been asked to contribute to an advice note for professional place-makers about how to successfully design and install street furniture. The article entitled “Integrating Street Furniture Into Public Spaces” appears in the October 2016 edition of Place-Making Resource, an online resource and publication for planners, architects and urban designers.