Urban Design

Urban Design

Our urban design services are focused on creating vibrant and dynamic communities that are fit for the 21st century. We believe that good urban design should not only enhance the quality of life for residents, but also reinforce the social fabric and create a strong sense of place.

Muse Architects

Why work with us?


1 | Extensive experience in securing planning permission for a range of projects.
2 | Expertise in identifying key issues and developing strategies to address them.
3 | Comprehensive planning services including, feasibility, preparation applications.
4 | Support with planning appeal processes, representation at planning committee meetings.
5 | Strong relationships with local authorities in the North West. 
6 | Commitment to delivering excellence and support at every stage of the process.

How can we help?

As a Manchester-based architectural practice, we approach each project with a thorough site appraisal to ensure that our solutions are tailored to the unique conditions of the location and responsive to the needs and aspirations of current and future residents.

Our process begins with a twofold investigation, including a spatial analysis and character study, to understand the interrelationships of spaces, physical conditions of the site, and any local distinctiveness. From there, we work in partnership with local authorities, developers, builders, and stakeholders to create engaging and inclusive spaces that are ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable.

Our urban design services include a range of delivery options, from strategic masterplanning and feasibility studies to detailed design and delivery of multi-phase projects. We strive to create places that are livable now, with the potential for growth and adaptation in the future. One of the key advantages of working with Muse Architects is our commitment to sustainability. We believe that it’s possible to create beautiful, functional spaces that are also environmentally friendly. Contact us today we here to help.

We’re driven by originality and individuality balanced with vision and foresight. We design strategically: our urban design solutions are sustainable and functional now and in the future. We account for change, flexibility and variety in both use and style while maintaining the identity and integrity of the place; in so doing, we create places that are livable now but with the potential for growth and adaptation.

Every urban design project begins with a two fold investigation: a spatial analysis and a character study. The former explores how spaces interrelate, assesses the physical conditions of the site and any restrictions it may pose, as well as taking account of any views that can be taken advantage of. The latter identifies important buildings and open spaces, character areas, and other factors such as topography, natural features, building types and street types exhibiting local distinctiveness.

Once we have extensively researched the relevant planning policies and reviewed planning history, explored the opportunities and limitations that the site presents, and have a good understanding of what the desired outcome is, we will develop detailed urban design solutions that are entirely bespoke, based upon what is envisioned for the place and tailored to your requests. Whatever the area, whatever the project, our goal is the same: to help define a place’s sense of identity that residents can relate to.

Because we are a multidisciplinary practice consisting of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and town planners, we are able to handle any challenges we may face throughout any step within the development process, whether they arise at the conceptual phases or building stages, whether they to do with planning policies or with building regulations.

As a multidisciplinary team, we are wholly committed and dedicated to each and every project at every stage and we proudly help our clients with everything they need to achieve the best urban design results. Having the bigger picture in view combined with an eye for precision and detail, we evaluate all aspects of the place in terms of commercial, economic, environmental and design criteria, and ensure that every design will suit the activities, goals, and aspirations of the community.

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What we care about the most:

At Muse Architects, we believe that good urban design is about creating neighbourhoods that are not only functional and liveable, but also reflect the unique character and context of the local area. This means designing places that have a clear identity and a strong sense of place, while also promoting sustainable and pedestrian-friendly environments.

For every project, we start by conducting a thorough site appraisal to understand the unique conditions of the area and the needs and aspirations of the community. This includes a spatial analysis to understand how spaces interrelate and a character study to identify important buildings, open spaces, and other factors that contribute to the local distinctiveness.

We develop urban design solutions that cater to the needs of a community, including a mix of housing, workplaces, schools, and amenities. We also prioritize environmental sustainability in our projects. We value diversity and complexity in urban design and aim to create unique spaces that are coherent and have a strong sense of identity, while also improving the quality of life for all residents.

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