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Urban Flow Transport Planning Consultants

Movement  People  Places

We look wider than conventional transport planning and traffic engineering – to us it’s about getting things moving, whether by foot, cycle, bus, car or rail.  

 

Bridging the gap between engineering and vision, we bring a Big Picture view in supporting and leading masterplanning, placemaking, development planning, cycling schemes, town centre and high street regeneration  – to name just a few.

 

With a great track record of scheme delivery and development planning application success for a wide variety of clients, we can help you get your project started and on the road to success.

 

We give what's needed to meet client needs:

 

  • we don’t over-analyse or over-engineer

  • if a high-level approach is all that’s needed – we say so

  • if a more detailed analytical approach is needed – we do that too

  • we say it the way we see it

  • if our insight can save client time, resource and money - we will!

 

What We Do

Development Planning

Masterplanning & regeneration - transport support

 

Development Planning  / Transport Assessment


Car parking schemes and strategies

Cycle parking

Transport and Traffic Modelling

 

Active Travel, Travel Planning

 

Design Guidance

 

Best Practice, research, guidance

 

Policy & Strategy Development

 

Transport Funding Bids

Streets & Places

Traffic Management 

 

Cycle Scheme Design & Planning 

 

Town Centre and High Street Action

Walking Schemes and Initiatives 

 

Street Design / Engineering 

Access & Movement Planning

Road space reallocation

Bus Priority and Operations Planning 

 

Deliveries & Servicing - Freight Strategy  Development

 

Public Consultation & Community Engagement

                       ...its Transport Planning!

Transport Assessment - Placemaking - Masterplanning - High Streets - Parking - Walking & Cycling - Bus Planning - Deliveries - Research...

 

Meet The Team

Covid-19 - Coronavirus

We find ourselves in unprecedented and extraordinary times, nationally and globally.  There's much of course that could be said about the sadness for many at this time and we at Urban Flow extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.

We are determined to build on the positives from this period, the widespread take-up of walking and cycling, the warm sense of community interdependence, and the appreciation of those who provide vital services for us day to day - including bus and rail drivers.

 

Urban Flow was born during the last recession and thrived thereafter.  Our team is resourceful, resilient and positive and will contribute fully in getting things moving again towards a brighter, healthier and safer future.

Pola is a highly skilled research engineer with qualifications in urban planning and design, urban regeneration and sustainability and transport engineering.  She has a strong passion for research, with valuable experience studying transport, sustainability and active travel.
 
Over the last few years she has worked within non-governmental organisations, local authorities and government departments. She has wide experience in academic research, data collection and analysis and a proven record of working in an innovatory and ingenious way.

Dr Pola Berent

Senior Transport Consultant

Lorna Sewell

Director - Streets & Places

Lorna leads our Streets and Places work and fully demonstrates the ethos of delivering Urban Flow’s work in a creative yet straightforward and legible way. 

 

She is expert in sensitive street design and in leading substantial public realm related and town centre masterplanning projects.

Simon Adams

Director - Spatial Planning

Simon manages Urban Flow's Spatial Planning projects including transport planning, strategy development, development and masterplanning support.

 

Alongside his spatial planning expertise, Simon has spent many years helping to develop high profile traffic management and public realm schemes.

Establishing Urban Flow in 2011, John had many years in transport planning - from past capacity-driven quick fixes, to real world ‘big picture’ planning for people and communities. That experience has been invaluable in developing distinctive and forward-looking movement initiatives. 

 

Working in the Urban Flow way was always John's ambition - wanting to do things better and differently, putting people first and working fully collaboratively and creatively with clients and partners.

These are fascinating times for transport with healthy living, placemaking and caring for the environment now uppermost in our lives, with Future Mobility promising far-reaching change for all of us.  John and the Urban Flow team are excited to be playing an active part in shaping development, places and spaces in this exciting new world!

John Emslie

Senior Director

 

Our recent projects

Oswestry Masterplan and Access and Movement Strategy

Movement proposals to develop an investable concept masterplan for the town's evolution

Innovation Park Medway 

Development planning support for this landmark building in Medway

Edgware SPD Transport Study

Transport study assessing the potential for of substantial proposed growth in the town centre providing a positive and forward-looking sustainable transport environment

Mansfield Town Centre Masterplan

Related to Future High Streets Fund initiative, the masterplan develops approaches to
embed sustainable and healthy movement, positively supporting streets and spaces

Luton Town Centre Development Framework and Delivery Plan

Transport advice regarding placemaking-focused multimodal responses to supporting future town centre development

Erith
Liveable Neighbourhood Funding Bid

Prepared all movement inputs to this comprehensive Liveable Neighbourhoods funding building on urban Flow's extensive earlier work in Erith 

Basing View Office Development, Basingstoke, Berkshire

Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for this campus-based development

Ilford Cultural Quarter
Access & Movement Assessment

Masterplan and design support for Ilford town centre

Residential Development, Kidbrooke, London

Detailed site feasibility appraisal for residential site development adjacent to Kidbrooke Village

London Dock School, Tower Hamlets, London

Design and transport assessment services for the development a new secondary school including parking, servicing and cycle provision

Tottenham High Street Strategy, London

Movement and access proposals as part of a 5 year strategy and masterplan to deliver positive change in conditions for Tottenham High Road

Erith Links - Public Realm, Major Scheme development

Multi-faceted assessment of movement conditions and proposals in this growth area focusing on enabling growth through sustainable transport interventions

Blackfen Road - Public Realm Scheme - Bexley, London

Street design and movement advice for this public realm improvement scheme

Kensal Rise - Public Realm Scheme Development - Brent Council

A substantial movement and public realm improvement scheme including Urban Flow-led community engagement addressing bus operations, cycling, pedestrian movement, parking and servicing

Kensal Rise Bus Priority Enabling Study - Brent Council

Detailed bus operations planning in support of a wider and comprehensive public realm scheme

Mayfair Transport & Public Realm and Movement Improvements - London

Movement and design advice on a variety of schemes, studies and proposals in this key area of activity and heritage in central London

Beckenham Place Park - Access & Movement Assessment

Transport Assessment in support of this major park / leisure improvement scheme planning for on-site and off-site parking

Mandeville Road Scheme Development - Ealing Council, London

Road corridor improvement scheme focused on road safety and traffic management improvement and related public realm treatments

Leyton Placeshaping - Waltham Forest - London

Multi-modal appraisals of conditions and improvement opportunities related to specific development areas, infrastructure and placemaking, providing framework for  Leyton’s further growth 

Northolt Corridor Traffic Management & Public Realm - Ealing Council, London

Road corridor improvement and traffic management proposals to calm traffic in nearby village

Sudbury Hill Urban Village Scheme Design - Harrow section

Scheme design for the Harrow side of this road corridor improvement

Deptford High Street Public Realm Scheme - Lewisham Council

Full movement analysis and design support for all modes and users related to this major public realm scheme

London Road, Public Realm Street Enhancement - Brighton

Corridor movement and public realm improvement proposals for this important town centre corridor

Watford Public Realm Scheme

Wide-ranging transport design advice to the public realm design team for this major public realm improvement scheme

Chipping Barnet Town Centre Community Plan

Community plan to develop a strategic and place-based shared vision including movement and public realm improvements

Berkeley Square Public Realm Design Support

Traffic engineering and design support for further public realm improvement in the Mayfair area

Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust Visitor Centre 

Movement advice supporting a funding bid to improve visitor facilities for this important heritage building

Ealing Town Centre, Prospectus for Change

Led the mutidisciplinary team in submitting a forward-looking and detailed funding bid to Transport for London on behalf of Ealing Council

Public Realm Vision and Strategy -
Victoria BIDt, London

Providing all transport-related movement inputs in preparing a new public realm strategy to support the continued development of a strong, identifiable and vibrant Victoria in the heart of central London

Cambridge Market Square

Design support for public realm improvement scheme at this iconic site in Cambridge's historic city centre

Dalston Town Centre Public Realm, Movement and Permeability Study, London

Preparing concept-based options to reduce the impact of vehicles, improve pedestrian routes and spaces and promote a finer urban grain to support development

Cambridge Spaces and Movement SPD

Movement inputs to develop a strategy and Supplementary Planning Document for the management of city centre spaces and the network of movement corridors and linkages

Burnley Weavers' Triangle Masterplan, Burnley BC

A masterplan focussing on this historic quarter and multimodal access throughout  Burnley town centre

Basing View Masterplan, Hampshire

Access and movement advice to improve access for visitors and town centre links for this substantial business park

Tewkesbury Area Masterplan, Gloucestershire

Transport planning advice to assist in early stage masterplanning for this extensive growth area in Gloucestershire

North Finchley SPD - Barnet Council

Transport planning support for this Supplementary Planning Document, including parking and junction studies

London South Bank University - Southwark, London

Comprehensive campus redevelopment design with transport assessment and travel plans prepared and submitted for the related planning application

Wimpole Hall - National Trust - Cambridgeshire

Transport assessment and travel plan prepared and submitted for a Visitor Welcome Centre with extensive car parking, pedestrian and cycling improvements

Hemel Hempstead Hospital - Development Assessment

Transport planning advice to the wider  development and masterplanning team for this substantial site

Two Waters Masterplan - Hemel Hempstead

Masterplan and SPD with sustainable transport and public realm improvement assessment and proposals

Winchester Station Area Masterplan & Parking Study - Winchester Borough Council, Hants

Masterplan support considering access, parking capacity, walking and cycling for this important area around the station

University Campus Developments:

- London South Bank University

- Canterbury Christ Church

- University of London

- Queen Mary's University, London

A variety of university campus development related transport assessment and movement studies

Swanley & Hextable Masterplan - Sevenoaks District Council, Kent

Masterplan development with a multidisciplinary masterplanning team

Spray Street Masterplan & SPD, Woolwich - London Borough of Greenwich

Transport planning advice to the multidisciplinary team for this town centre regeneration scheme

 

Contact Us

Contact us and find how our services can benefit your company.

020 7566 3451

Our clients & what they say about us

Resourcefulness

"This is great - thanks so much.  I totally follow [the approach] and that looks like an excellent use of the information we have and a clever and very rational approach"  

Leisure development SE. London

Community Consensus

 

“A huge huge THANK YOU from me and I know the Residents - we NEED this! Please let the rest of the team know we really appreciate all their help!”

United Residents' Group, W. London

“I wanted to say a personal thank you to you and the team for the progress we’ve made. I appreciate it is not always easy but to get this level of consensus I think is great."

Council Portfolio Holder W. London

Targeting effort

​"I have worked closely with Urban Flow to deliver a number of complex and difficult schemes.  Urban Flow were able to establish the key requirements for each area highlighting the specific needs of businesses, car users and the general public"  

 

 Street design, traffic management, cycling, parking and access and movement project SE. London

Getting the job done!

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work in putting this important document together, I’m really pleased with how it turned out especially in the circumstances.  Thanks for dropping everything and getting it done, it is very, very much appreciated"

Funding Bid - W. London Council

Enabling successful development

"Senior Members and Officers were impressed with the detail of submission and the project yet again meeting another challenging timescale within the key milestone programme.   

Board Members were also extremely grateful for your individual contribution within the wider team. Your professionalism and dedication to ensure a successful submission was fully recognised"

Civic Centre, Northants

Effective Project Management

"The Major Scheme was run with excellent PM governance, consultation and innovative ideas and was an exemplar for the Major Scheme process and collaborative working."

TfL Programme Manager

Planning Authorities 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Cambridge City Council
London Borough of Barnet
London Borough of Bexley
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Ealing
London Borough of Greenwich
London Borough of Hackney
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Hounslow
London Borough of Lewisham
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Borough of Waltham Forest
London Borough of Lewisham
Luton Borough Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Watford Borough Council
Westminster Real Estate
The WestTrans Partnership
Winchester District Council
 

Our clients & what they say about us

Resourcefulness

"This is great - thanks so much.  I totally follow [the approach] and that looks like an excellent use of the information we have and a clever and very rational approach"  

Leisure development SE. London

Community Consensus

 

“A huge huge THANK YOU from me and I know the Residents - we NEED this! Please let the rest of the team know we really appreciate all their help!”

United Residents' Group, W. London

“I wanted to say a personal thank you to you and the team for the progress we’ve made. I appreciate it is not always easy but to get this level of consensus I think is great."

Council Portfolio Holder W. London

Targeting effort

​"I have worked closely with Urban Flow to deliver a number of complex and difficult schemes.  Urban Flow were able to establish the key requirements for each area highlighting the specific needs of businesses, car users and the general public"  

 

 Street design, traffic management, cycling, parking and access and movement project SE. London

Getting the job done!

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work in putting this important document together, I’m really pleased with how it turned out especially in the circumstances.  Thanks for dropping everything and getting it done, it is very, very much appreciated"

Funding Bid - W. London Council

Enabling successful development

"Senior Members and Officers were impressed with the detail of submission and the project yet again meeting another challenging timescale within the key milestone programme.   

Board Members were also extremely grateful for your individual contribution within the wider team. Your professionalism and dedication to ensure a successful submission was fully recognised"

Civic Centre, Northants

Effective Project Management

"The Major Scheme was run with excellent PM governance, consultation and innovative ideas and was an exemplar for the Major Scheme process and collaborative working."

TfL Programme Manager

Our Clients​ & Partners

Planning Authorities 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Cambridge City Council

Luton Borough Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Mansfield District Council

Watford Borough Council

Westminster Real Estate

The WestTrans Partnership

Shropshire Council

Winchester District Council

Barnet Council
Brent Council
Ealing Council
Hackney Council
Haringey Council
Lewisham Council

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Hounslow
Tower Hamlets Council
Waltham Forest Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich 

Consultant Partners

 

Allies & Morrison
Architype
Aukett Swanke
BDP
Blackburn Ltd
Caroe Architects
Carter Jonas
Caruso St John
Contemporary Transport
Dendy Byrne
DP9
Gardiner and Theobald
Gerald Eve
GL Hearn
Hassell Architects
Hawkins Brown
Ingham Pinnock
Jackson Coles
JCLA Landscape Architects
mae Architects
Stiff + Trevillion
Studio Weave
Temple Group

00 Zero Zero

Private Sector

 

Castlepoint Regeneration
Canterbury Christ Church University

Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust

Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Grosvenor
King's College London University
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
Mercato Metropolitano
National Trust
The Victoria Business Improvement District (BID)
University of Bolton
University of Brighton
University of London
University of Manchester
Queen Mary University
The Victoria Business Improvement District (BID)
Westminster Real Estate
 

 
 

CONTACT

US

85 Southwark Street
London

SE1 0HX

info@urban-flow.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7921 0287 /0288

The Urban Flow team are working at home during the continuing Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic

During this time, you can contact us on 07876 740932

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