The Chapel is a hub of remarkable creative talent and it’s never more exciting than when we can collaborate on projects that showcase our mix of skills and help our mutual customers get the best result from the brief. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of Chapel resident, Richards Urban Design.
Colin Richards, who leads the Richards Urban Design consultancy, is an expert in planning and urban design and works on projects that range from planning and design feasibility, outline and detailed design plans to strategic masterplans for planning and development companies across the UK. He’s also one of our most active proponents of the Chapel’s team approach with his approach to visualisation and the communication of his proposals for urban planning projects invariably winning acclaim for their ability to bring a scheme to life.
Often the result of a collaboration with the Chapel’s graphic designers, 3D modellers, artists and illustrators, Colin’s presentations reflect a truly bespoke and very flexible consultative service. His approach enables him to communicate his practice’s ideas in ways that traditional planning organisations simply don’t have the in-house resources to emulate and at a cost that makes sound economic sense too.
With more than 20 years’ experience in urban design, planning and architectural advisory services between the team, Richards Urban Design’s Chapel collaborations extend further than the culmination of the visual representation stage. A current project has called on the expertise of fellow resident and chartered architect, Bizzy Blue Design, to produce detailed plans as Colin progressed the outline scope for a 125-unit and care home project for Gleeson Strategic Developments.
As Colin explains, ‘the urban planning and design process is very creative; it follows that the way we present our ideas should always embrace the best medium to communicate these ideas. Working among creative professionals at the Chapel gives us the opportunity to work with the best people for the job who can, quite literally, paint the picture of a scheme perfectly and help our clients envision how our ideas will work. It’s not uncommon for us to employ the skills of a designer to produce a 3D model of the plan, an illustrator to produce an artist’s impression of the environment and others to create a website and brochure to support the whole process. Together, we can bring a fresh approach to urban planning, with a creativity and independence that really does turn heads.’
If you’d like to find out more about Richards Urban Design and the scope of work the team undertakes or, to talk about a prospective project, visit www.richardsurbandesign.co.uk.
If you’re interesting in running your own business from the Chapel, we currently have office space that is available to rent on flexible, competitively priced terms and with everything you need to get up and running in no time. For more information, please call Chris on 023 8033 3991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.