UDL is a non profit making organisation. We run subscription programs where organisations pay for yearly membership and receive a number of training places in return. People from organisations who subscribe to UDL can book and attend events for free, subject to availability. A limited number of free tickets may be available for students, those out of work and community group members upon request.
We are happy to discuss group bookings and bespoke session rates. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
UDL Member organisations
Local Authority Members: Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Croydon, Dacourm, Ealing, East Herts, Enfield, Greenwich, Guildford, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hertfordshire, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, North Hertfordshire, Redbridge, Richmond, Slough, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Welwyn Hatfield, Watford, Wycombe Other Members: Catalyst Housing, Clarion Housing, Crossrail, DCLG, The Environment Agency, Family Mosaic, GLA, Historic England, LLDC, Metropolitan Police, Notting Hill Housing, OPDC, Southern Housing Group, Sustrans, Thames Valley Housing, Victoria BID Partners: Arup, Countryside Properties, IBI Group, JTP, Mott MacDonald, Project Centre, Transport Planning Practice Friends: Design Network, LGIU, London Forum of Amenity & Civic Societies, NLA, RTPI
UDL is hosted by TfL and sponsored by Barratt London, GreenBlue Urban, Steer Davies Gleave and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
We support the Place Alliance.
What we aim to do
We aim to help practitioners create and maintain well-designed, good quality places. We do this by offering:
- support and advice
- information on latest policies and publications
- practitioner networks
- design surgeries
We do not design schemes or write policy.
Who are our supporters?
UDL is supported by Transport for London and London Councils, and we work very closely with these organisations, helping to ensure our training and networking services reflect the most up to date policies, research, best practice examples and funding criteria. They also make up our Executive Board, which manages our work.
What we provide
Lots of training, events, meetings, online resources and more. The rest of this website explains what we offer, from our training events to e-learning resources. We run a big programme, which has been growing steadily year on year since 2005.
Are we useful?
In 2009 we commissioned a report into urban design skills and our effectiveness to help us understand our impact and steer our programme
This was carried out by Ecotec and University College London (UCL). The report found that we had been effective and were playing a significant role in increasing practitioner skills. There was also some evidence that our work was directly improving the quality of places, but time scales, and the complexity of influences make this hard to pin down. The report also found that although urban design related skills had increased since 2005, the perceived need for these skills had increased even more – meaning we need to work even harder to try to narrow the skills gap.
We are not a commercial training provider and work hard to ensure all income we receive is used to support our members. So although we do take some individual bookings for events charged at a day rate, most of our users are members. Please feel free to book individual places at events, but yearly subscriptions or memberships are likely to be more cost effective and convenient for you. To become a member please contact us via: email@example.com