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The city can be an unyielding place with few places to sit and enjoy the sun.

Urban Wilderness is a landscape design and environmental consultancy based in Leeds and Sheffield. We are a close-knit team of Landscape Architects, Masterplanners and Urban Designers, offering our clients a wide range of services. We design at all levels from large open spaces and new settlements to individual gardens and play spaces.

As our name suggests, we specialise in bringing the best of the world beyond the town into the urban environment. Similarly the more ‘natural’ systems of the countryside require sensitive design and management to successfully incorporate new development into existing spatial strategies, land uses and habitats. Every space has its own merits and we strive to embrace these to produce designs which are sensitive to their context and character.

We help to physically shape our environment and the way in which we experience it.



Urban Wilderness were commissioned to work alongside Church Lukas Architects to develop a new student accommodation scheme in Canterbury that seeks to balance biodiversity enhancement with space for student health and…

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Hunters Bar Primary School


Back in 2019 Urban Wilderness volunteered to support the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape to develop a ‘green barrier’ within Hunters Bar Primary School, with the intention of mitigating the…

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Portswood Road


This urban realm scheme integrates six student accommodation blocks together via a series of courtyard spaces. Like all urban residential schemes, the landscape sought to deliver a richness in both user…

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Court Lodge


This legacy project seeks to create a new sustainable neighbourhood in Ashford, providing a framework for social inclusivity, environmental stewardship and future economic prosperity. The project aspires to create a truly…

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Reviving Mines, Paradise Reimagined

Shangdong, China

In 2020, Urban Wilderness participated in the “Shandong Mines Park” Reviving Mines Competition,  organised by Non Architecture. The brief asked participants to explore the potential to transform the barren mines in…

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Bloom! St. Helen’s Moorish Stitch


Urban Wilderness were commissioned to work with McArthurGlen to develop a new, temporary garden for the Bloom! Festival in York; “A fun floral festival celebrating 250 years of the Ancient Society of…

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Stanbrook Abbey, Wass, North York Moors National Park

North York Moors National Park

Working for the Benedictine community of nuns who had moved north from Worcestershire, Urban Wilderness produced landscape proposals from concept through to construction for the nuns’ new monastery in Yorkshire. With Fielden…

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Dormouse Garden


This garden created for Chester Zoo's Wild Worlds Festival (summer 2018), seeks to reveal the often hidden conservation work of Chester Zoo. It is inspired by the Zoo’s work to better…

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Greening The City Strategy, Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham City Centre

A well designed landscape can foster a feeling of belonging, a recognisable identity, a community focus and a sense of place. These factors form part of both Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU)…

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Avenham and Miller Parks


This project saw Urban Wilderness provide a range of consultancy services to Preston City Council, to help deliver the historic restoration of this much-loved and well-used heritage asset on the banks…

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NTU, Brackenhurst Campus

Brackenhurst, Southwell

In order to realise the Nottingham Trent University’s goal of improving student experience, its wider public image and its standing within the National Student Survey, a ‘Landscape Strategy’ has been developed…

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The historic market town of Andover is situated on the River Anton, 18.5 miles west of Basingstoke, 18.5 miles north-west of Winchester and 25 miles north of Southampton. The vision of…

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Railway Reclamation Park, Doncaster


A full planning application for a landscape-led scheme within a section of the former Dearne Valley Railway cutting. The landowner has an obligation to undertake essential engineering works to a road…

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Wirksworth Memorial Garden and Market Square


The project brief was to create a flexible space that could be used for the town's Saturday markets whilst maintaining the peace and tranquility of a memorial garden. It was important from…

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Lisbon University


Working in collaboration with Munro+Whitten (based in Leicester), Urban Wilderness won the Delegates Choice Award for the Lisbon University Design Ideas Competition. The competition formed part of the Landscapes and Life…

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South Loughborough


South Loughborough comprises of a 49 hectare site which has been carefully designed to positively address potential issues relating to its edge of settlement location and the gap between Loughborough and…

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Goldsmith Gateway

Nottingham City Centre

Following the success of our 'Greening the City Strategy' developed with Nottingham Trent University's Estates Team (NTU), Goldsmith Gateway was identified as one of the site's within the City campus in…

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Hill Top Lane


Situated in the hills over the Crimple Valley, west of Harrogate, and lying within a Special Landscape Area, this Paragraph 79 house required a sensitive but imaginative design in order to…

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Designer Outlet York


Urban Wilderness were commissioned to assess the landscape surrounding the Designer Outlet to the south of York and to put forward a strategy of public realm improvements that would unify and…

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Carnforth Residential Development


Urban Wilderness provided landscape strategy and masterplanning consultancy to help integrate a proposed residential development area, new nature reserve and extensive public open space and all within the sensitive landscape of…

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Shepherd’s Green, Ibstock

How do you create a new edge of settlement neighbourhood without changing the landscape setting of a town? We were appointed to produce a masterplan and vision document for this challenging…

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Pall Mall


Urban Wilderness was commissioned by Industrial Workshop Pall Mall Ltd, to undertake a Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) for the final phase of development on a proposed 1.07 Ha mixed use development…

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Reception and Environment Centre, Brackenhurst Campus

Brackenhurst, Southwell

This project included the detailed hard and soft landscape design for a new signature building within Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst Campus. the landscape sought to integrate the new building into an…

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Matley Lane, Tameside, Manchester


The project seeks to promote the Matley Lane site as a sustainable location for new residential development. The site provides an opportunity to extend the existing residential community - to develop…

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Rushcliffe School


Urban Wilderness was commissioned to provide planning support, followed by the detailed design of external spaces for a new Language, Music and Drama building within the existing school complex. The design…

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Garden Design, Cambridge


The landscape proposals for this large contemporary house build consist of a series of “garden rooms” created to facilitate a continual living experience between the internal rooms and the outside garden.…

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Loes Farm, Warwick


A residential scheme designed around a green infrastructure framework, comprising of a number of pocket parks, equipped children’s play spaces and a new country park. The scheme has been sensitively designed…

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Private Garden, Bristol


This project brief was to create a contemporary and functional outdoor space for a growing family. The design intended to have a modernist feel with the use of bespoke items including…

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Harrowby Lane


Harrowby Lane is a community-focused residential masterplanning project that seeks to focus pedestrian activity within the centre of the scheme whilst effectively integrating the development with the surrounding amenity assets and…

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Hook Lane


Working on behalf of Hallam Land Management Ltd, alongside LRM Planning and Brookbanks Consulting, Urban Wilderness designed and submitted proposals for a new mixed use scheme for up to 300 houses,…

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage


One's sense of arrival to Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon Avon, was central to this project. People visiting the Cottage often pass by and view the cottage from the public highway,…

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North Entrance, HSE Headquarters, Liverpool


Recently completed landscape project which visually lifts the approach to the Health and Safety Executive's headquarters in Bootle, Liverpool. New planted mounds, featuring semi-mature tree and ornamental shrub planting and uplighting are…

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St Mary’s Green

Hamstreet, Ashford

A landscape led masterplan on behalf of Hallam Land Management Ltd. This proposal sought to create a high-quality, attractive and sustainable community delivering a series of interconnected ‘Greens’, a range of…

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“Having worked with Nathan and the Urban Wilderness team since their inception on a range of public and private sector projects, I am continually impressed with not only the quality of their technical work and the professionalism of their team, but also the manner and approaches taken to all matters, including community and stakeholder engagement. Their staff are always open to discussions and available to offer advice. Through their understanding, not only of their own discipline but also those of their co-professionals, working with the Urban Wilderness team provides a collaborative, and seamless approach which is both efficient and refreshing. They have set themselves very high standards indeed..” Dean Ward, - Associate, WSP (2018)



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