Melanie Forster-Nel

Associate, Senior Architect

Dipl.-Ing. (Arch) Pg Dip Arch ARB

Melanie joined HTA in October 2013 and following the completion of her professional qualification (Part III) in the summer of 2015, she was promoted to Associate in October 2015 and Senior Architect in April 2017.

Melanie is well experienced in the UK housing sector, having worked on a whole range of residential schemes in the Greater London Area and the Southwest of England, for both the public sector, national developers and private clients. Her experience ranges from largescale urban extension studies and masterplans for up to 5000 homes, regeneration developments in London and the Southwest with 300-1200 dwellings per site to small scale residential, urban infill sites with 20 to 50 homes.

Melanie’s key skill is the ability to approach projects from a strategic masterplanning level right down to detailed planning designs, bridging gaps between high level strategic consideration at urban design scale to building specific design conclusions. Due to her extensive background in regeneration, Melanie has developed a keen interest in community consultation.

Melanie is an experienced project leader, well accustomed to balancing the requirements of our clients with multiple deadlines, liaising with external consultants and stakeholders as well as leading HTA’s project team. Melanie has successfully lead a number of projects for HTA, with a strong focus on residential-led regeneration projects in London and the Southwest as well as infill projects on highly constrained and dense urban sites.

Melanie is also a member of HTA’s Urbanism team and is contributing to the practice’s research and innovation projects like the award winning Supurbia.

 Previously, Melanie worked for Urban Initiatives on a number of large scale masterplans, town centre and neighbourhood regeneration projects, such as an Urban Extension Study for 5000 new homes around Taunton or the Knowle West Regeneration Framework in Bristol. Prior to joining HTA, she worked for Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on high density residential developments for Berkeley Homes and Quatari Diar Delancey. Before coming to the UK, Melanie worked in Germany as an intern in the Office of Public Works for Lower Saxony in Braunschweig, Germany on public sector projects.

Significant projects worked on include:

  • Willingham Terrace, Kentish Town, London
  • Project architect (design stage) for infill project of 18 homes on disused garage site by restoring the urban fabric, for Pocket Living, who provide affordable first-time buyer accommodation to key workers.
  • Oak Grove, Cricklewood, London


  • Architect for block of 17 apartments on a vacant brownfield site, using Pocket Living’s standard home
  • Cane Hill Phase 2, Croydon
  • Architect for the ‘Gateway’ area within Barratt Homes second phase of development on greenbelt site, comprising of 90 apartments in a mix of tenures spread over 5 buildings
  • 290B, Alperton, Northwest London
  • Project architect for a bespoke housing development of nine apartments, on a tight site to the rear of a parade of shops, converting a disused backyard into a mews street overlooked by high quality housing
  • Mulberry Park and Foxhill Regeneration, Combe Down, Bath
  • Project leader for regeneration project for Curo Group, including redevelopment of former MoD site (now Mulberry Park) and the adjacent Foxhill estate, developing overall masterplan for 1300 new homes, new primary school and community hub, retail and new open spaces (in two respective outline planning applications). It includes the design of a range of bespoke house and apartment types, for unanimous reserved matters approval of the detailed design of Phase 1, which has been shortlisted for the Housing Design Awards 2016 and the National Urban Design Awards 2017.
  • Supurbia, London
  • Award winning strategy for the intensification of outer London borough by redeveloping under-used main road frontages and by enabling infill development on generous and over-sized backgardens through plot passport setting out pre-approved solutions.
  • Key member of team leading the development and submission of bids securing future work to the practice.

 Current projects working:

Joyce Avenue and Snell’s Park Estate Regeneration

Project leader for the regeneration project commissioned by London Borough of Enfield as part of its Housing Development and Estate Renewal Improvement Programme. HTA’s interdisciplinary team of architects, urban designers, planners, communication designers, landscape architects and sustainability specialists are working alongside community engagement, engineering and transport consultants to develop a series of options with the full involvement of the estates’ residents and stakeholders. The resulting project brief will be presented to Enfield Council’s Cabinet at the end of the year with recommendations on whether or how to take the project forward.

New settlements masterplan

Project leader for a new settlement of circa 6,500 in the Midlands. The project explores traditional village patterns and qualities and reinterprets these in a modern context, examining how we will live, work and travel in the future in a sustainable village setting nestled within a high quality landscape.