Stephen O’Malley

Founding Director

I have a passion and a belief in the critical importance of place, working with the prevailing geography and showcasing the character of the existing landscape. I have developed a particular expertise in the planning, design and delivery of major public realm projects and urban infrastructure associated with the regeneration of villages, towns and city centres across the UK.

The skills I have developed to engineer these types of healthy, active and attractive urban neighbourhoods are broad – civil, transport, highways, flood risk, drainage, utilities, structures, ground remediation engineering – to name some. My fusion of these engineering skills, creating a broad and more creative approach, is what I promote to the Practice’s definition and successful delivery of Civic Engineering, which is why I am recognised as an industry expert in my field as a design forum member of Architecture & Design Scotland and a Design Council Built Environment Expert

I advocate climate sensitivity and its protection in the industry as the Chair of the Manchester Climate Change Partnership (MCCP) Zero Carbon New Builds Sub Group, Member of the NLA Expert Panel for Wellbeing, Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) High Streets Task Force Expert and an ICE Carbon Champion.

I am very fortunate to have a yearning for cities.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Author of The Little Prince

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