Urban Quarter is a Development Advisory company specialising in site identification, acquisition and Development Management services . Urban Quarter has been established to identify and deliver good quality residential, retail and mixed use development schemes so to create sustainable urban environments that are both attractive and relevant to modern day living.

With the breadth of experience gained over 20 years in both major client side developer and consultancy roles Urban Quarter are well placed to provide clients with insightful and informed advice so to create and deliver projects that communities can be proud of.

Engaging with communities, creative vision leading to good quality design, strategic thinking and innovative problem solving are the cornerstones to our approach.

Welcome to Urban Quarter!

What is currently making us tick

Urban Quarter is a Development Advisory company specialising in site identification, acquisition and Development Management services . Urban Quarter has been established to identify and deliver good quality residential, retail and mixed use development schemes so to create sustainable urban environments that are both attractive and relevant to modern day living.

With the breadth of experience gained over 20 years in both major client side developer and consultancy roles Urban Quarter are well placed to provide clients with insightful and informed advice so to create and deliver projects that communities can be proud of.

Engaging with communities, creative vision leading to good quality design, strategic thinking and innovative problem solving are the cornerstones to our approach.

Welcome to Urban Quarter!

What is currently making us tick

FEBRUARY 2018

ACQUISITION OF THE CHILTERNS shopping CENTRE, HIGH WYCOMBE

Acting on behalf of Dandara and Scoop AM, Urban Quarter advised on the off market purchase of The Chilterns Shopping Centre, High Wycombe. The Chiltern Centre is a 30 unit scheme orginally built by Crown Estate in the 1980’s and is anchored by Primark and Wilkinson. Urban Quarter now look forward to working with the new owners on enhancement and repositioining opportunities.

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FEBRUARY 2018

POrTOBELLO SQUARE. LONDON

This classy 1000 unit scheme successfully brings together modern interpretations of mansion blocks,terraced and mews housing with a new London square and impressive public realm. The transformation from the previous high rise 1960’s council block estate is startling and interesting to note that the street patterns have reverted back to a previous era. This is a best in class housing association scheme ensuring no loss of affordable housing or design differential in its reprovision. 

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JANUARY 2018

ARDLEY WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY, BICESTER

 

There is alot to commend about this building. This waste to energy plant annually diverts 300,000 tonnes of Oxfordshire’s non- recycable waste which was previously buried in landfill and with it creates enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes. The building itself strikes a bold balance of cutting edge industrial with softer tones and edges to reflect its isolated rural location. Its particuarly impressive like its couterpart off the M1 in Sheffield when lighting up after dark. An ideal land use for prominant sites with significant levels of motorway noise.

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DECEMBER 2017

RUSHDEN LAKES, NORTHANTS

This recently opened £140m mixed use scheme is leading the way in providing a truly intergrated retail and outdoor leisure experience. In addition to a stellar line up of retail brands and good selection of restaurants and cafes in Phase One the scheme incorporates a 14 acre lake for water sports and wildlife plus a SSSI woodland. This famous planning case has made a welcome return to the limelight having delivered an innovative out of town destination which is already proving to act as a catalyst  for wider development.

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November 2017

Westgate, OXFORD

Whilst After some 20 years in the making the £440m Westgate Shopping Centre opened on 24th October with two levels of retail anchored by a John Lewis Department store in a L shaped circuit with a mall width designed to accommodate the projected 15m footfall. The Wow factor is provided by a terrace of restaurants with views across the dreaming spires of the city. It will be fascinating to see how the City Centre responds with the prime retail pitch having shifted overnight.

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October 2017

graven hill, Bicester

Whilst the nation grapples with how to solve the housing crisis it is exciting to see projects coming forward taking a different approach. Graven Hill will be the UK’s largest self build scheme totalling 1,900 units over the next 10 years. The unit sizes range from apartments to 6 bed houses and with a fast track design code in place there are options to buy your own serviced plot or a built shell so you can customize the interior layout and finishes.  A plot shop in the town centre, right to build toolkits and plot passports further underlines the innovative approach with many of the first plots released going to sealed best bids.

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SEPTEMBER 2017

THE LEXICAN, BRACKNELL

 

Bracknell town centre has been transformed with the opening of this 60,000 sqm £275m retail and leisure scheme anchored by Fenwicks Department store, M & S  and a 12 screen  Cineworld Multiplex with a 4DX screen. This represents the first of the first wave New Towns dating back to the late 1940’s to benefit from a new town centre. The scheme is over 90% let and retail rents in the town have now doubled. With Westgate, Oxford and the extension at Bicester Village due to open next month shoppers in the Thames Valley will be spoilt for choice when considering new Christmas shopping destinations this year!

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AUGUST 2017

MERCADO SAN MIGUEL, MADRID

In terms of bursting energy and life into Town Centres markets are a hard act to beat and this one is a real tourist magnet in the centre of Madrid. The historic detailing of this building is a big part of the atmosphere. Could building a contemporary equivalent create opportunitIies in the UK where town and city centres are seeking to enliven their offer and drive footfall?

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JUly 2017

GOLDEN MEDE HOUSING PROJECT, Waddesdon

Following on from the great traditions of estate housing by the Rothchild family in Waddesdon and Tring which date back to the 19th century this new contemporary development is sure to provide an equally timeless and sought after housing solution. Emphasis on design, materials, living standards and connection to the landscape and the neighbouring Waddesdon Estate will ensure the success of this project. It will be interesting to see where they pitch the price levels at the marketing launch later this month.

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JUne 2017

WARWICK HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE, BURFORD

This is a great example of conservation architecture extending a community asset in a very sensitive location within the curtilage of a Grade 1 Listed church. The writer remembers this building well from school days! Acanthus Clews architects will no doubt be picking up some awards for this project in the coming 12 months.

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MAY 2017

Haslemere Industrial Estate, London

Great example of brownfield regeneration with South West London industrial Estate being transformed into sleek apartments. The material pallet is very pleasing to the eye but the costs of which may only befit a sought after London postcode.

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APRIL 2017

Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstock Mill, Hamphire

The expression of brand identity together with extravagance in architecture here is quite extraordinary. I’m very much looking forward to paying a visit as I understand a warm welcome is also assured! (Heatherwick Studio Architects).

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MARCH 2017

Northgate, Chester

Following on from the much acclaimed Victoria Gate, Leeds it’s great to see some more crisp contemporary interpretation that ACME are shaping up for Chester City Centre. Phase 1 of this scheme due to open by end of 2019.

13 March 2017

Cheltenham or Cannes week!

Good luck to all those of you are lucky enough to be paying a visit to the Cheltenham Festival this week. May the sun shine on punters and not the bookies for a change and also hoping Native River can win the big one! Sunshine guaranteed for all those venturing to Cannes!

MARCH 2017

A day in the life of Ecobuild 2017!

Having not been to Ecobuild for 5 years having lost a bit of its edginess, it’s now a much slicker affair with an impressive line up of speakers and panel discussions.

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FEBRUARY 2017

Everyman Cinema, Liverpool

It is great to see a client and design team really push the boundaries and develop such a creative and fun facade. Hopefully others will now follow suit and a revival of cinema architecture can follow as it seems like the majority of budgets have been spent on the interior since the art deco era! Haworth Tomkins architects were worthy winners of a Sterling prize here.

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JANUARY 2017

Brass Building, Accordia, Cambridge

I never tire of admiring how the landscaping in this instance inspired and shaped a very elegant example of contemporary residential architecture.