Cindy Dos Santos
BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Cindy is an Associate at JTP with over 15 years’ experience on a range of residential, mixed-use and masterplan schemes across the UK. She has experience on all aspects of the design process, from vision, concept, outline planning applications to detailed planning applications.

Cindy’s experience in residential refurbishments include the award-winning St Clement’s Hospital, a former workhouse infirmary in Bow, which is the first urban Community Land Trust (CLT) in the UK. Providing over 200 homes, the new homes have been created within a respectful setting to Grade II listed buildings. The setting includes a sequence of public spaces and new pedestrian routes through original workhouse gardens. Cindy also led on the Detailed Planning Application for the refurbishment of the Village Centre at Fort Halstead, a former military site  comprising a Grade II listed building adjacent to a historic Fort. The refurbishment celebrates innovation and reflects the site’s military history.

Cindy’s long-term masterplan projects include Barton Farm in Winchester which is formed of five phases delivering 2,000 new homes. Cindy has overseen several of these phases over the last decade including the mixed uses comprising a food store, community centre, nursery and public house, all forming the heart of the new neighbourhood.

More recently Cindy has worked on the award-winning Phase 1 Weyside Urban Village for Guildford Borough Council which hincludes 81 homes designed to Passivhaus standards. The landscape-led approach has created a framework of green spaces, which are interlinked with attractive pedestrian focussed routes and will eventually connect to the new river walk delivered in future phases.

Alongside these projects, Cindy has also recently led the Outline Planning Application for Little Chalfont Park in Buckinghamshire which will provide up to 380 homes and a multi-generational offer of retirement living, care facilities, a primary school and a community hub all set within a generous Valley Park. Cindy also enjoys leading vision promotion projects at Regulation 18/19 stages which are narrative-led – she believes every project has a story to tell.

Dickens Yard, a high-density mixed-use urban quarter of 700 residential homes was Cindy’s first project as a student at JTP. Over a decade on, the project is very much part of the fabric and vibrancy of Ealing and has created a new heart for the town centre.

Cindy currently supports the Health and Wellbeing Working Group at JTP, set up as part of JTP’s commitment to the RIBA 2030, Architects Declare and the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. The group focuses on key themes which underpin the creation of healthy homes within our projects.

Cindy’s other research includes food resilience and she works in collaboration with the Food Foundation to explore ways in which we can support the increasing concerns of food poverty across the UK through new neighbourhoods. The research includes creating sufficient space in masterplanning projects to facilitate access to fresh fruit and vegetables through food growing, community orchards and doorstep fruit trees. Indoor spaces are equally important and includes spaces in which to come together to buy, prepare, eat or distribute food such as community pantries and community fridges. Such spaces can be easily accommodated within community buildings (a key component of village centres within new neighbourhoods) and as such can make a difference in combatting food poverty and creating food-resilient communities.

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