about urbanise

urbanise provides high quality development and design consultancy services to the private and public sector.  We focus on mixed use residential led development in urban areas and we specialise in design and development advice at the feasibility and planning stages in a project.

urbanise is directed by Adam Roake, a developer and an architect with over thirty three years experience in mixed use development including nine years as a main board director for a prominent developer of brownfield land in London.

Until recently, he was also a member of the Whitstable Harbour Board, which operates the small and thriving commercial harbour in his home town – this is a property business which owns not just land but also part of the sea!  One day he hopes it will be a thriving Social Enterprise instead of the floundering Local Authority mess it currently is.

His skills and experience include;

  • extensive experience of the planning system; a detailed understanding of planning law and practice and he regularly gives expert evidence on both development viability and sustainability as well as design issues at Public Inquiries;
  • over thirty three years in practice as an architect with particular specialist knowledge in urban regeneration and residential led, mixed use development;
  • sixteen years experience as a developer, urbanist and architect delivering substantial high quality residential led schemes on brownfield land in London and the South East;
  • close liaison with local community groups and a proven ability to accommodate their legitimate concerns and expectations within development proposals;
  • an in-depth understanding of the issues facing commercial organisations involved in housing delivery and policy within London and the South East.

He has a passion for the built environment.  He believes that;

  • as a developer, urbanist and an architect , he has a responsibility for the interventions he proposes within the urban fabric and also for the public spaces around those buildings;
  • our environment can shape and affect the way we live and behave and it is vital for the prosperity and well-being of our society that our cities, streets, workplaces and homes are of the highest design quality to suit our individual and collective lifestyles and culture.  We all have responsibility for this.
  • sustainable development is not just a catchy phrase but rather an essential goal if we want our grandchildren to enjoy our planet as we do.