20 - 04 - 2022

BPTW is pleased to welcome our new Urban Design Director Scott Elliott Adams to the practice. Working alongside our Design Group Partners, Scott will assemble our existing masterplanning expertise under a focused leadership and spearhead new and ambitious urban design projects rooted in BPTW’s core ethos: places that transform people’s lives.

With over 20 years of urban design experience from private and public sector organisations, including being the highest-ranking urban designer in the UK Government via Public Practice, Scott will expand BPTW’s urban design capabilities and strengthen our growing portfolio of large-scale architecture and planning projects. His appointment enables us to enhance the quality and breadth of the services we provide our clients and the communities we work with, creating inspirational, sustainable, and inclusive places.

In collaboration with our Architectural and Planning Consultancy teams, our Urban Design team will provide a comprehensive array of services, including masterplanning, regeneration and public realm-led design, urban design strategies and development frameworks, area-specific design guidance such as SPDs, characterisation studies and design codes as well as outline and hybrid planning applications underpinned by strong spatial visions for large sites.

Scott has developed a rich and varied portfolio of urban design projects located across the UK and internationally. He has created spatial strategies for a variety of scales in England, from the site scale at Rochester Riverside to a citywide vision for City of York. In his recent role with the UK Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, he led the delivery of the National Model Design Code testing programme with 14 local authorities and was a key contributor in setting up the Design Code Pathfinder programme where 25 local authorities and neighbourhood planning groups will create exemplary design codes and processes. He is an advocate for exemplar placemaking, including contributing to publications on innovative design methods to enhance placemaking and suburban densification, and he has supported visionary projects internationally, primarily in America and Australia, where he received the Australian Government’s prestigious Endeavour Executive Fellowship. His commitment to nurturing quality urban design is further demonstrated by his teaching experience, including at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, the University of Melbourne, and Washington University in St Louis, USA.

Scott’s appointment represents an exciting development in BPTW’s 34-year history as experts in residential development, neighbourhood placemaking and mixed-use regeneration.