TheUrbanGlow Design & Heritage

15 Wilton Grove, Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire. LS6 4ES
Tel:  07736 834722
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Describe the work your company carries out

Professional Urban Design and Heritage consultancy. Specialisms include Charachterisation, Conservation Area Appraisals, case working, Appeals Expert Witness, Community support and outreach and education

Give examples of up to three projects you have undertaken

TheUrbanGlow understake a wide variety of work for Townscape Heritage Initiatives, Development Management Consultations, Conservation Area Appeals. Andrew's specialisms are new build in historically sensitive areas and setting and significance assessments. His work also includes education and outreach to a wide selection of other parties including communities, schools, universities and the NHS. Andrew is a guest lecturer on the University of York Heritage Protection MA course.

Specific examples below:

Aireborough Neighbourhood Development Forum (ANDF) Leeds
TheUrbanGlow was commissioned to undertake full Area Characterisation of the Aireborough Neighbourhood Planning Area. Offering Urban Design and Heritage support to the ANDF core group as they undertake initial characterisation assessments in preparation for their forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan.

TheUrbanGlow undertook full assessment of the settlements of Guiseley, Yeadon and Hawksworth and has produced Urban Design Analysis plans and Typology plans based upon a huge range of collected data. Workshops and presentations to community groups and out reach have enhanced the Plan offer. Ultimately the plan will communicate the historical evolution of this area, identify character quarters, placemaking initiatives and design parameters for each character area firmly based upon the aspirations of the community in order to communicate and achieve sustainable, place based development in the future that is contextual and responsive to locality.


Significance Assessment of Site Allocations - Public Sector.
Andrew Graham was at this time employed in Local Authority. His task was to assess in progress site allocations following an objection from Historic England. In the winter of 2015/16 Andrew was required to visit, analyse and write an assessment report on over 40 sites throughout the area that affected directly the setting or vicinity of designated hertiage assets. His work led to the alteration of several site allocations that were deemed by him to be harmful to the heritage assets under the requirements of the NPPF. He used his urban design experience to suggest ways in which harm could be mitigated through design guidance.


Design and Heritage Support Private Clients
TheUrbanGlow undertakes supporting heritage and design roles for various clients. Most recently a Grade II Listed house in Bishopthorpe Conservation Area, Yoek, Woodland cabins within a Conservation Area and near to Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO Heritage Area and highly positive landmark building and associated development within conservation areas. Such work typically involves on site assessment, thoroughly researched heritage assessment, utilising archival and HER sources as necessary, and the drawing up of heritage assessment and concept designs. Often this work will be produced within a formal Heritage and Design Statement for submission for full Planning Approval or Listed Building Consent.

HESPR 'Designated Service Adviser'

Name: Mr Andrew Graham

Job title: Founder/Director TheUrbanGlow

Tel: 07736 834722


Which of the following roles do you consider your company carries out under the HESPR scheme?

Historic Building conservation YES

Conservation planning YES

Architectural design and new build in historic areas YES

Historical research YES

Historic area assessments YES

Project Management


Other Urban Design, Placemaking and Public Realm. Townscape Heritage Support