Urbed, London & Manchester

URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) does what its name suggests: they specialise in urban design and sustainability in an urban context. The work is rooted in the principles of the urban renaissance. They believe in the importance of creating and sustaining lively, prosperous towns and cities by focusing new development within existing settlements and creating attractive, mixed-use, walkable and socially mixed urban neighbourhoods. The practice works across the UK, from its bases in Manchester and London, for public and private sector clients. Recent work has ranged from town centre strategies to planning applications for large mixed-use masterplans, from University estate strategies to urban design guidance. URBED’s work is united by its core values of urbanism, community, environmental sustainability and design.


KCAP, Rotterdam

KCAP Architects&Planners is a Dutch office for architecture and urban design, based in Rotterdam, Zurich and Shanghai. The practice – founded by Kees Christiaanse in 1989 – prides itself on its integrated working methodology, a multidisciplinary and simultaneous engagement in themes, program, typology and context. KCAP’s central philosophy is a commitment to creating public spaces that enliven and rejuvenate inner-city areas. International recognition has been achieved with projects such as HafenCity in Hamburg (DE); the Perm Strategic Masterplan (RU); the London Legacy Framework (UK); NEO Brussels (BE); OZ Nature Urbaine Montpellier (FR); Europaallee Zurich (CH); and the Creative Gateway masterplan in Shenzhen. In addition, the Dutch projects Wijnhaveneiland and the Red Apple in Rotterdam and GWL district in Amsterdam have been widely acclaimed by professionals and public alike. 


Lola Landscape Architects, Rotterdam

LOLA Landscape Architects – founded in 2006 by Peter Veenstra, Eric-Jan Pleijster and Cees van der Veeken – delivers progressive landscape architecture for a wide range of public and private sector clients. The Rotterdam based practice frequently works in collaboration with architects, artists and other disciplines. Embracing an optimistic and conceptual approach, as well as a fascination for new spatial phenomena, LOLA sees its mission as being the transformation of lost and forgotten landscapes into rich, vivid and beautiful places. This approach has won them multiple design awards, including European Portugal, the Rotterdam Maaskant Award and the Delta Water Award.