We are passionate about places; how they look, feel and function for the people that inhabit them
Our approach is creative, integrated and rooted in time and place
We understand and promote great places through ambitious yet deliverable plans, strategies and guidance
our aim is simple: to make better places and spaces for the people that inhabit them
Placemake is an independent team of architects, urban designers and built environment consultants based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and working across the UK and internationally.
Since our formation in 2013, we have been involved in a wide variety of projects from spatial planning, strategy and guidance through to bespoke building and urban design. Occupying sites of between 0.5 and 2,000 plus hectares, we are delighted that many of these have been realised or are at varying stages of delivery and implementation.
Placemake is an RIBA Chartered Practice and an Urban Design Group (UK) Registered Practice. For more information about us, a previous study or how we might support a particular project, please contact us.
we understand that every place is different - in character, scale and function
Placemaking happens at all scales, from regional plans and town centre strategies to the most micro of spaces between buildings. Often involving complex challenges with interrelated components, the practice was formed to provide a place-led, integrated and environmentally responsive approach, whether the focus is a single building or a mixed-use development.
We also appreciate that every place is unique with its own characteristics, constraints and opportunities.
As a result, no two projects are ever the same and in the ten years that we have been operating, this is reflected in the diversity of our experience, which spans from six homes in a conservation area to regeneration, tourist resorts and waterfront development. Underpinning each of these is a passion for places and the wellbeing of those that inhabit them.
Since its formation in 2013, the practice has grown steadily and now comprises of a core team of built environment consultants working from bases in Hitchin, London and internationally.
Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our projects we often collaborate with other specialist practices and local consultants where a site is overseas.
The practice was formed by David Edwards in 2013, who previously held senior roles at prominent design studios and multinational engineering consultants.
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We are fortunate to be working with a wide variety of clients from across the public and private sectors. These include private developers, town and parish councils, local authorities and international organisations.
As an independent practice, we often collaborate with other specialist consultants and form part of larger, multidisciplinary teams.
Some of our recent clients and collaborators are included below.
Community and identity are both characteristics of successful, sustainable places – but what do they really mean and how can they be influenced?
When asking stakeholders what they would like to see for their town, the answer often includes a particular supermarket, department store or coffee shop. The retail offer has long been used as an indication of a town’s vitality and well-known retailers that generate footfall and activity are high on the wish list for councils and consumers alike.