To meet the needs of the rapidly changing urban market, we have restructured our business to guarantee its future as the UK’s thought leader in the planning, design and development of our towns, cities and neighbourhoods.
Out of the legacy of Urban Initiatives, we have created three interdependent companies - Smart Urbanism, Urban Initiatives Studio and Urban Movement. Kelvin Campbell, who leads Smart Urbanism [a social venture business that is committed to delivering social innovation and sustainable urban solutions] and will continue to provide a thought leadership and project development role within the new structure, summed up:
“It is a different world since we established Urban Initiatives over twenty years ago and, during this time, we have worked on and delivered some of the best urban projects in Europe. We are in the business of change and needed to reflect a new agenda out there in the way we work. As a result, we have been able to make our changes in a responsible and considered manner, without compromising any of our clients, staff, sub-contractors and suppliers. More importantly, we have maintained our intellectual capital, our core team, our independence and our integrity. We haven’t undermined our principles of always doing the right thing for the places and communities we work with. At the same time we have built a succession plan for our loyal staff to take forward the future of Urban Initiatives under their ownership. This represents an exciting new era for our all of us and our clients.”
Hugo Nowell, David Syme and Matthias Wunderlich will lead Urban Initiatives Studio in its urban design and development planning work. John Dales and his Urban Movement team will continue its successful transport planning and public realm role. Both companies will work with Smart Urbanism’s established publishing, learning and business networking platforms to bring new initiatives to influence positive urban change. We have recently relocated to the Regent’s Quarter, Kings Cross, the location of one of our most successful regeneration masterplans. Our new address and telephone number from October 2012 is:
36-40 York Way, London N1 9AB.
Telephone +44 (0)207 843 3165