As societies become increasingly aware of the need for coherent and sustainable living environments, effective urban planning and development has become a high priority. Ramboll’s broad ranging technical master planning services help develop urban areas in a holistic, integrated manner resulting in healthy, safe places in which people can thrive, communities can grow, and the environment can flourish.

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Ramboll. Ann Gordon. Image: Paulina Sobczak Photography.

Ann Gordon

Director, Transport.
T: +44 7775 000 384
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Guy Collingwood

Head of Development
T: +44 20 7631 5291

Realising complex urban systems

Communication and understanding of a wide range of disciplines is critical to successful master planning, which is why our ability to integrate specialisms is so appreciated by our customers.

We help customers to realise development potential, particularly in complex urban situations, and have deep knowledge of the constraints and opportunities involved. We identify key risks and advise on options for their mitigation. We provide the spectrum of knowledge required for the development of all kinds of urban, suburban, former industrial and greenfield areas. The realities of commercial feasibility are central to our consultancy.

Close coordination from concept to completion

We have a thorough understanding of all project stages involved from concept to completion — including infrastructure design, environmental and geotechnical assessment, legislative requirements, sustainable energy, transport planning and socioeconomic implications, planning strategy, phasing, and delivery.

Depending on the requirements of the project, relevant specialists are selected to work with an experienced master planning project manager, who takes responsibility for internal communication and is the primary point of contact between the multi-disciplinary Ramboll team and the architects, clients and stakeholders we work alongside. Our approach has proved successful when coordinating very specific types of expertise to provide a cohesive and comprehensive service.

Our known capability in the use of advanced modelling software and geographic information systems (GIS) aids both analysis of options and the communication of results.

Master planning experience

We have the ability to carry out any combination of master planning services from our multidisciplinary profile. Our experience includes sustainable master plans for regeneration of city centre areas, hospitals, colleges, airports, ports, golf courses, and luxury resorts - in both national and international settings.

In keeping with our philosophy, our master planning teams encourage the exchange of ideas between all disciplines involved to reach the most streamlined, cost-effective result, enabling us to meet the social, technical, environmental, and financial drivers of any project.

Sustainable approach to urban development and master planning

Sustainable development requires a fresh approach to master planning. This is achieved by removing existing preconceptions and managing the design process to combine innovative, practical, and economical drivers for holistic sustainable solutions. From the project inception through design development, we identify and develop key sustainability considerations in an interactive process with clients and design teams. Our approach to sustainable master planning promotes multidisciplinary work and close collaboration with specialist groups within Ramboll. This results in integrated strategies which respond to site opportunities, and offer innovation and exemplary sustainable design. Our input is applied and developed throughout the life cycle of the project. We aim at achieving truly sustainable development by promoting education and awareness alongside design solutions, to enable environmental best practices to become an integral part of new communities.

Ramboll has over 100 employees working within urban development and master planning, located in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, the UK, India, and the Middle East.

Further information

Planning and Urban Design Brochure 2017

Our extensive portfolio includes urban development solutions for some of the world’s largest and most complex cities including Singapore, London, Berlin, New York, and Jeddah.

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Master planning and urban development projects

Aerial photo of Nordhavnen, Copenhagen

Nordhavnen - international role model for sustainable urban development

With its unique positioning and an area covering the size of 625 football grounds, Nordhavnen (or Nordhavn) in Copenhagen, Denmark, is Scandinavia's largest and most ambitious city development project for the time being. The overriding vision for Nordhavnen is to become the sustainable city of the future.


Sustainable urban draining system

The growth in the frequency and severity of extreme rainfall has significantly increased the risk of flooding from rivers and urban drainage systems of insufficient capacity. It is a huge investment to dig into the earth and expand the sewer systems in urban areas, so other measures may prove to be better and cheaper alternatives.

St. Jørgens sø in Copenhagen

Cloudburst Concretisation Masterplan

On 2 July, 2011 large areas of the city of Copenhagen were flooded. Copenhagen is on the front line of climate change, experiencing increasingly heavy rain events, as they are also on the leading edge of urban innovation with a vision of transforming their city into a sustainable, C02 neutral city by 2025.

Map of the East Midlands to Leeds and York section of the High Speed line, Phase 2b

High Speed 2 Phase 2

Ramboll is working on a major High Speed rail (HS2) Phase 2 contract as part of the Arup+ team. The team includes ERM, Foster + Partners, Jacobs, Ramboll, TYPSA and Costain.

Greenwich Millennium Village. Image: Jaap Oepkes

Greenwich Millennium Village phases 3, 4 and 5

We produced a tender devised to promote a competitive overall costing by designing for three alternate methods of construction. This placed the contractor in a strong position to secure the most economic solution.

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