Richards Urban Design

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Richards Urban Design delivers independent, realistic and creative solutionsdrawing on over 25 years of experience in architecture, urban design and planning.

About Us

We focus on understanding and communicating proposals effectively to secure the best results for our clients.

How we work

We work both independently and as part of wider multidisciplinary teams. Currently, we are working with a number of planning and development consultancies across the UK including Savills, Quod, Terrence O’Rourke, Barton Willmore, White Young Green, Luken Beck and Boyer Planning. We have close working relationships with a number of urban design, architectural and landscape teams to ensure that we have the right blend of expertise, experience, and resource to meet the challenges of each project.

Who we work with

We work with a range of professionals, designers and artists and one area we strongly believe set us apart from our competitors is our use of hand-drawn and watercolour illustrations to present our work. Our experience tells us that people are able to understand, interpret and believe in handcrafted designs and drawings and we bring together experts in these fields to prepare these drawings.

Where we work

We are currently working on projects nationally with a focus on development proposals in London, the South East, South West and South Wales. We have experience right across the UK and are happy to travel further afield to help our clients including overseas.

Understanding our clients needs

Developing our ideas

Communicating our proposals

Delivering success



Feasibility studies


Outline design

Detailed design


Development briefing


We focus on understanding and communicating proposals effectively to secure the best results for our clients. We utilise our strong design and presentation skills to make sure that our proposals have the best chance of success.

  • Visioning
  • Strategic Masterplanning
  • Site promotion
  • Planning applications
  • Appeals
  • Residential
  • Commerical
  • Leisure
  • Education
  • Employment

Our Team

We use the best skills and people to create and present our ideas which include working with other designers, artists, and professionals. We recognise that we cannot be the best at everything but we can work with those who are.

Colin Richards

Colin Richards

Peter Jarvis

Peter Jarvis

Jody Slater

Jody Slater
Urban Designer


Recent Projects

Here are some examples of our recent projects.

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Northbrook Garden Village, Surrey
Northbrook Garden Village, Surrey


Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford
Old Portsmouth Road, Guildford

detailed design

Leisure, retail and commerical
Leisure, retail and commerical


Mudeford House, Dorset
Mudeford House, Dorset

detailed design


We are always working on a range of exciting projects and like to keep you up to date with what is going on.

Approval for 400 new homes in HassocksNews

April 21, 2020 by colin

Approval for 400 new homes in Hassocks

A resolution to grant outline planning permission for 400 new homes has been granted by Mid Sussex Council on land at Ockley Lane, Hassocks. We were involved throughout the process, promoting the site, engaging with the community and key stakeholders and finally preparing the planning application. The proposals include 400 new homes, a primary school, community facility, public open space, a community orchard and strategic cycle link to Burgess Hill.

Surrey Cycle hub application submittedNews

October 1, 2019 by colin

Surrey Cycle hub application submitted

Proposals for a new cycle hub on the famous Surrey Hills cycle route (used for the 2010 Olympics) have been submitted. The proposals will provide a new cafe and facilities for both road, leisure and mountain bikers.

Godstone development now completed and occupiedNews

April 26, 2019 by colin

Godstone development now completed and occupied

A scheme for 27 new homes in Godstone has now been completed and sold. Working with Thakeham Homes in 2018, we prepared a detailed planning application for the site which was a former garden centre, located in the Greenbelt. We are pleased and proud to see the completed scheme.


We enjoy what we do and want our clients to enjoy working with us.

  • Persimmon Homes
  • Bloor Homes
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Cala Homes
  • Gleeson Developments
  • Thakeham Homes
  • Linden Homes
  • Miller Strategic
  • Rydon Homes
  • Donnington Homes
  • Torbay Development Agency and Torbay Council
  • Building Potential
  • Resolute Property
  • Rail Property Ltd
  • Landhold Capital
  • Burton Property
  • Ashill Developments
  • Nicholas James Group
  • Wilkie Properties
  • The Clifford Estate
  • South Wales Police
  • Bridgend County Borough Council
  • NHS Oxfordshire
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Barton Willmore
  • White Young Green
  • Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Savills
  • QUOD
  • Turley Associates


If you don’t believe us, this is what our clients say.

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you so please do get in touch.


59 The Avenue, Southampton S017 1XS


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