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UBU engaged to create a vision for the future of Winchester (3/1/17)


Image of letter outlining purpose of Supplementary Planning Document


UBU Design has been appointed in collaboration with JTP and Snug Architects to create a Supplementary Planning Document which will set out a vision for the future development of central Winchester.

The decision follows the consideration of 17 high quality bids received from organisations who were interested in working on the central Winchester project.

A collaborative planning and consultation process will begin in 2017, and we’re looking forward to working with a strong team, including Atkins, Rocmor and Propernomics.

Planning approval for Norwich scheme

McCarthy & Stone has gained planning approval for a high quality scheme in Norwich with landscape proposals by Ubu Design.

The scheme will occupy the south-eastern part of the Bartram Mowers site on Bluebell Road, Norwich and aims to provide much needed housing for the over 55s. Three types of specialist accommodation are included in the plans: 41 retirement living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments and 20 affordable apartments for the over 55s.

In addition to producing landscape designs for the McCarthy site, Ubu prepared an overarching masterplan for the whole future development area and adjacent 17.5 hectares of Bartram Mowers land. The masterplan takes into account site characteristics and local character and aims to provide a locally distinctive and well connected layout in line with good practice and local policy. An LVIA and open space management plan were also undertaken to assess the impact of the scheme and to provide guidance on aspects such as wildlife habitat preservation and informal recreation. Over 75% of the land will remain undeveloped and be publicly accessible, thereby benefiting the wider community. Significant areas will be maintained under the stewardship of Natural England.

Other notable landscape features of the scheme include retaining and complementing the existing trees with native planting to support biodiversity, and a village green. The form of the development and its relationship to the topography has been carefully considered to reduce potential impacts within the sensitive setting.


Masterplan for McCarthy & Stone, Norwich

Masterplan of site

CGI of Bluebell Road, Norwich

Extract of verified view 

Chesterfield House, Wembley

Ubu recently completed the landscape proposals for a planning application to convert a former council building in Wembley into a mixed-use development, working with architects Maccreanor Lavington.

Proposals include ground level flexible office/retail and community space and 239 residential flats on the upper levels. Two roof terraces, a new public square and an enhanced existing public realm also feature within the plans.

For more information and images visit the project page.

Images © Ubu Design

Image of public realm interface

Pubic Realm Interface

Image of Public Square, Chesterfield House

Public Square










Ubu Design appointed as landscape architects on Rushden Lakes

Ubu Design are delighted to have been appointed by LxB as project landscape architects on the prestigious Rushden Lakes development. Detailed design work will build on the landscape strategy previously prepared by Ubu for the planning application.

The 50m shopping and leisure development in Northamptonshire will include restaurants, major retail outlets and leisure facilities. It is predicted to create around 2,000 jobs.

Occupying 30 acres of prominent brownfield land, the new development site incorporates a lake and SSSI woodland which will be sensitively incorporated within the design.


Rushden Lakes footbridge

Ubu Design appointed as landscape architects on Rushden lakes

Ubu Design pop-up at Technopop

Ubu Design will be encouraging young people to design a fantasy play space at the UK’s first pop-up science, technology, design and innovation festival.

The fun-filled workshop for 7-11 year olds, which will be held on 23 October 2014 as part of the festival’s Built Environment week (22-26), will be a chance for young people to explore aspirational spatial design and look at how innovation can help make the world a better place.

Aimed at 6-19 year olds and held at TIQ Stratford City (The International Quarter), the festival will provide an opportunity for young people to explore the many challenges growing cities face and find out what smart cities are all about.

To find out more, visit technopop.co.uk and follow #TechnopopLondon on twitter

See you at the event!


Design work starts at Stapleton House

Following planning approval for Stapleton House, an 862-bed student accommodation for the Unite Group and London Metropolitan University, Ubu Design are now busy drawing up the detailed external designs.

Comprising ten stories, the development has been designed to help meet the future housing needs of LMU students and regenerate the local area. Commercial units will be available for local businesses on the ground floor, with student flats and studios above.

Sympathetic to its mixed needs, the courtyard and roof terrace external design will provide a series of usable and engaging spaces conducive to passive recreation, study, social interaction and rest. Breakout spaces providing respite from the busy Holloway Road also feature within the design.


Design proposals for Stapleton House

Design work starts on LMU Stapleton House

Mayflower Halls opens its doors

Mayflower Halls has officially opened and welcomed its first wave of students.  Situated in Southampton’s ‘Cultural Quarter,’ the striking University of Southampton halls of residence with external design from Ubu Design comprises three accommodation blocks of up to 16 stories and an internal piazza where people can meet, relax and entertain.

Designed to enhance the student experience, the external designs include a range of robust functional spaces for the 1,100 residents, graduating from a public thoroughfare to semi-private areas and a private courtyard.

Ubu Design has also been appointed by contractors Osborne to work on the University’s rebuilding of Chamberlain Halls, which will house a GP surgery, pharmacy and roughly 350 high-quality student rooms.


Axonometric drawing of Mayflower Halls

University of Southampton Mayflower Halls opens its doors



Les Beaucamps High School – Civic Trust Awards finalist

Ubu Design are pleased to announce that Les Beaucamps High School is a national finalist for the Civic Trust Awards. From the 238 applications received, 79 projects have been successful at a National/International level. The scheme will receive a Civic Trust, Commendation or Community Recognition award, to be announced at the award ceremony on March 7th at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Les Beaucamps High School wins Riba regional award

Les Beaucamps High School with externals by Ubu Design has won a Riba regional award. See the architects website for more information and images.

CABE Built Environment Expert

Mark Johnson has recently been appointed as a CABE Built Environment Expert (BEE). The network of 250 BEEs will support the work of CABE in delivering high-quality designed places throughout England, as a broad and flexible group of highly respected specialists. The BEEs will provide multi-disciplinary support to communities, local authorities and developers involved in built environment projects. For more information please see here.