Bucks County Museum

Urban Fabric have been appointed to provide architectural services for adaptations to the Grade II and II* buildings and a client advisor role for a project to renew their permanent exhibition spaces.  The proposed works will improve public access and visitor appeal whilst avoiding harm to the historic fabric of the museum’s buildings.


Client: Bucks County Museum

Location: Aylesbury


South Wolverhampton
& Bilston Academy

This new-build six form entry high school was designed to integrate open-plan skills zones alongside classrooms spaces, to complement the transformational and innovative pedagogical philosophy of the Academy. It incorporates a multi-agency support team provision, several public artworks and a 200-seat lecture studio. It was short-listed for an RIBA Award.  Richard was lead architect, working at Capita Percy Thomas.


Client: City of  Wolverhampton Council

Location: Bilston, Wolverhampton


"I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Richard Woods for the past two years on the design of a brand new 10,500sqm Academy in Wolverhampton. Richard's creative flair and dynamism have been a crucial part in an exciting and enthusiastic design process which has perfectly captured and more importantly, represented the strategic vision and mission of the Academy. Richard's personable nature and outgoing personality are a welcome addition to any meeting and his attention to detail has ensured every part of the design protocols have been interrogated effectively and efficiently."


Martyn Palfreyman,
Vice Principal, SWB Academy


Photo Credit
© Dennis Gilbert


Milton Keynes Festival
of Creative Urban Living

Our entry for the ‘Crossroads’ competition run by raumlabor, for temporary pavilions for the 2019 Festival.  The proposals include The MK Ten Day Advent Calendar referencing the ‘Day Ten’ of the collapsed curriculum of the pioneering Stantonbury Campus school, and a pop-up critique of the influence of ‘community without propinquity’, a founding principle in the development of the city’s infrastructure.

Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre

Design proposals for a new museum to be located on Salisbury Plain close to the Long Barrow. The museum was designed to house both the internationally significant collection of the Royal Artillery Museum and interpretative installations relating to the unique landscape of the Plain. The bold low-lying cantilevered design provides visual drama without compromising key views across the Plain.  Designed by Richard whilst at Purcell.


Client: Royal Artillery Museum Trust

Location: Larkhill, Wiltshire

"Richard’s contribution to the design of the Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre has been first class and beyond our expectations. He has worked with great energy and put in a very high level of commitment into the project, and has designed a building of real architectural quality.  Richard has been a pleasure to work with, working with good humour with a serious intent and has always been available to discuss options or suggestions."


Jeff Smith, Chair of Programme Steering Group


Photo Credit
© Andrew Putler and Purcell

New Towns Research
at University of Nottingham

Alison’s studio unit has taken as its focus of study the new towns movement in Britain, concentrating on the period between 1945 and 1979 when architecture was pivotal in the priority to ‘build a better tomorrow'.  The research examines how new towns have tackled developing the infrastructure for urban living, how they have been modified through time, and what lessons might be applied to address current concerns: particularly the pressing need for affordable housing.



Project work includes real-world collaborations with local residents and organisations, and each year culminates in a celebratory exhibition of the work produced.  Locations to date include Harlow New Town, the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield and Milton Keynes.  Student project ‘Castles in the Sky’ by Kangli Zheng critiquing the new town decentralistion strategy won the acclaimed RIBA Bronze Medal for best undergraduate design project in 2017.

Image Credit

Flood Resilient Housing: Storm Straw

Photo Credit

St Francis © Martin Workman

Buxton Campus

Working alongside Armsons Project Managers, Urban Fabric have undertaken a comprehensive campus-wide strategic study of this significant historic environment, comprising several Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings and structures, including the Devonshire Dome - once the largest unsupported dome in the world. Urban Fabric have combined extensive research, with conservation appraisals to provide detailed guidance for the client for future development, repair, and creative re-use projects.


Client: University of Derby

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire