In 2005, Planit were appointed as Masterplanners for the redevelopment of the derelict Festival Garden site into a new 27 hectare waterfront park for Liverpool.

The £250 million has reunited the local community with the River Mersey, creating a new ‘urban ecosystem’, with green spaces flowing into the heart of the community and a new mixed-use development bringing life and investment to this once neglected area.

Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn

Following an invited competition, Planit-IE was selected by the Blackburn Cathedral Quarter Partnership, to lead the masterplanning and public realm design of a new mixed-use development. The partnership is a joint venture between Maple Grove Developments; Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council and the Church Commissioners. The principal of the scheme places the Cathedral back at the heart of Blackburn’s communities, by opening up its precincts, introducing a series of new ‘edge buildings’ and the formation of a new square and gardens.

The uses consist of new offices, a hotel and restaurant, alongside the newly created ‘Clergy Court’ – a discrete, linked series of townhouses and apartments for Cathedral staff and their families surrounding a cloister garden. As part of the overall project, the Cathedral crypt has been remodeled and a new café, Northcote run by East Lancashire’s Michelin-starred celebrity chef Nigel Haworth, now front onto the square.

With the opening of the first ‘Urban Room’ – a product of the Farrell Review – encouraging the public to engage with the built environment, Blackburn and the Cathedral Quarter is set to become a real destination of the North.


In early 2009, Planit worked with New East Manchester and British Cycling on proposals for a new urban park within the wider Velodrome sports complex.

The outcome was a network of ‘extreme sports’ facilities, with a long term ambition to create an extended velopark linking the city to nearby countryside and allowing formal and informal cycling events to occupy the same space.

Circle Square

Occupying central Manchester’s former BBC site, this new neighbourhood is strategically located on Corridor Manchester’s Oxford Road to actively promote alliances; capitalising on the value of proximity to stimulate advancement. Circle Square will enable people to converge to create, work and live in an environment that attracts and fosters talented people. Designed to promote collaboration, but also delivered through collaboration, the development is being realised via a partnership between commercially-focused Bruntwood and residential specialist Select Property Group.

The quality of the ‘place’ is set at the heart of Planit-IE and Feilden Clegg Bradley’s joint masterplan. The scheme combines people, location, activity, cultural richness, microclimate and human-scale to form the setting for a diverse and thriving new community. A Place Making Strategy guides proposals that draw on the site’s history to reintroduce its urban grain and reconnect the site to the city, whilst setting an ambitious and innovative vision for the future.

The development surrounds and focuses on a key central space at its epicenter, illustrated by CGIs produced by Virtual Planit. The central ‘green’ is a flexible external area for relaxation, recreation and events throughout the seasons, that provides a canvas of opportunity to bring people together.



The first new landing facility for Windermere steamers in over 70 years, Brockhole Jetty represents a significant enhancement to the Lake District visitor experience and supports the National Park’s long-term commitment to sustainable development.

Following its successful opening and its recognition in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards for projects under 0.5 Hectares, Planit-IE were appointed to oversee a 20 year masterplan for the continued development of the area.

Kirskstall Forge, Leeds

Production at England’s oldest forge, at Kirkstall to the West of Leeds, finally ceased in 2003. Since this time nature has reclaimed the site, colonising banks and softening structures to create a unique character and patina. It is this quality we strive to retain as a new mixed-use community is integrated and sunk into the dense vegetation. Development will be set into the wooded banks of the River Aire, which cuts through the heart of the site.

This will always be a community on the ‘edge’ – edge of City; edge of River; edge of nature. It is clear the task of ‘knitting’ the site back into its surroundings must extend well beyond the red line boundary. Promotion and ‘infestation’ of the site though temporary uses, guided walks, festivals, and maybe even a BMX race, will be essential to it’s success. In this way the new Kirkstall Forge development will play a vital role within one of the major green fingers that connect Leeds to the countryside.

Sugar House Island, London

Situated on a triangle of former industrial land south of the High Street, Stratford, bounded to the west by the River Lee Navigation and to the east by the Three Mills Wall River, lies a 26 acre site that will soon be transformed into a exciting new neighbourhood. Proposals include 1,200 new homes, 58,000sq m of commercial workspaces, a 350 bed hotel, and ground floor retail, all placed within an exceptional and memorable landscape setting.

The landscape and public realm masterplan has been in development for 2 years. The design draws on the site’s industrial heritage stretching back centuries, as well as taking inspiration from an integrated and creative approach to the management of site-wide constraints such as levels, attenuation, drainage, utilities and vehicular movements.

A true collaboration between the masterplanning architects, numerous building architects, London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council has ensured that the client’s aspirations and vision for the site will be achieved; creating a benchmark for large-scale developments in the area.

The public realm is the unifying element and will be the place where residents and surrounding communities can come together and share conversations in the streets, squares and riverside park. A robust and intelligent up-front design approach to the public realm will help it to become a destination in its own right and ensure that it has a long-term sustainable future that benefits the wider area.

Copenhagen Arena

The Scandinavians are admired the world over for their foresight and ability to plan decades ahead, irrespective of changes in political governance. They are also pretty good at providing infrastructure to make things happen – a lesson we have to learn in the UK. The creation of the new district of Ørestad, 5km south east of the centre of Copenhagen is one such example.

We are part of the winning team to design a new £120 million 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. The team is led by Danish architects 3XN, who have over the last two years become great friends and ‘sponsors’ locally.

The competition ran for a grueling 18-months, and attracted entries from across the globe, with the final short list made up of the 3XN and Planit-IE team, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw with CF Moller. Our proposal according to the judges was by far the most ‘Scandinavian’ which translates to ‘democratic’ and ‘humble’ – conceived of the place and the community, not driven by the uses within.

Over the last year we have worked with 3XN and Arup to develop the designs to create a world-class arena set in a vibrant and attractive environment at the heart of the emerging Ørestad community. We are thrilled to be part of this winning team and we are striving to not only create a stunning arena but to set it within a diverse and inspiring public park which will operate from day one and grow and mature for years to come.

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