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Delivering an innovative, adaptable master plan to facilitate a successful major urban expansion

  • 5K+

    New Homes

  • 130K

    Square Meters Commercial Space

  • 70+

    Hectares Park & Open Space

  • Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

    Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Creating a healthy, sustainable place with a flexible master plan for new and existing communities

Lands Improvement Holdings and their partners, collectively known as HRMC, sought to develop Linmere, a new community with social value, health, and wellbeing at its core. To bring Linmere to life, they needed experienced professonals to develop a flexible, adaptable master plan for an evolving neighborhood. Enter our team to help.

As lead designer for this major sustainable urban expansion, we focused from the outset on engaging with the local authority, statutory bodies, key stakeholders, and surrounding residents to nurture bonds that would enable the existing community and its new neigbhors to flourish together. Our master plan and design codes encourage creative and innovative design that enables Linmere to evolve and adapt with ease. Walkable neighborhoods were a key element, anchored by co-located community, social, and recreational uses that serve as focus for social interaction and exchange.

Since gaining outline planning permission in June 2014, we have continued to work closely with HRMC to produce a sitewide design code that covers five character areas, access strategies, landscape, public realm, and built form and encourages creative and innovative designs. HRMC has also retained us to work with house builders to maintain consistency with our original brief as the master plan progresses.

Linmere will provide over 5,150 new homes with over 30 percent  of the greenbelt site allocated to park land.  retail, leisure, and employment spaces and a community hub are strategically located to foster the link between new and existing residents, while the new school shares its campus with the existing primary school.

At a Glance

  • Lands Improvement Holdings (HRMC)
Meet Our Team

Vaughan Anderson, Urban Design Director

Great places are created with a clear vision, collaboration with the community, and a client committed to the long-term project delivery.

Alex Comrie, Landscape Director

I relish the challenge of transforming tough, unloved spaces into something beautiful and distinct that brings community and nature together.

Hannah Leary, Planning Director

Delivering development that creates great places and true value starts with listening and collaboration—and clients with long-term vision.

Vaughan Anderson

Urban Design Director

Alex Comrie

Landscape Director

Hannah Leary

Planning Director

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