Consultation begins on UCL East planning application

University College London’s ambition to create a second campus away from its historic Bloomsbury setting is moving closer to realisation, with its planning application submitted for UCL East in Stratford.

The masterplan for UCL East, by LDA Design, moves the needle on higher education design. An open and highly permeable campus is proposed, developed in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to help secure better education and employment outcomes for the local population.

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Double Planning Awards success for Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon was a big winner at the 2017 Planning Awards, coming away with the top prize in two categories: Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability.

The proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, a world first, will not only provide carbon-free energy but also act as a catalyst for ongoing urban regeneration, opening up an area of waterfront cut off from the public for over a century. The lagoon will have a net annual power output of over 500GWh per annum; enough to meet the annual electricity requirement of over 155,000 homes, or over 90 per cent of homes in the Swansea area.

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Littlehampton wins RTPI Excellence in Planning Award

LDA Design’s public realm scheme for the seaside town of Littlehampton in west Sussex has won a Royal Town Planning Institute’s Excellence in Planning Award for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure.

“The RTPI’s awards are the most respected in the UK planning industry, and it’s fantastic to see our transformation of a stretch of Littlehampton’s waterfront come out on top,” commented LDA Design director, Sophie Thompson.

“We wanted to make sure Littlehampton is better defended against flooding but also that its waterfront is better connected to the rest of the town.”

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Garden villages – the start of a home-grown revolution

England’s first-ever garden villages have the potential to change the way development is delivered, and even change attitudes to new housing. They promise a distinct kind of place, designed for 21st century living and at a scale where people will feel connected to each other and to their locality.

The danger is the delivery instead of dormitory housing estates in the countryside, isolated but with no heartbeat of their own.

How can the success of the 14 new garden villages be guaranteed?

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South Kilburn’s ‘Green Streets’ masterplan up for New London Award

A scheme to transform South Kilburn, part of a major regeneration programme, has been shortlisted for this year’s New London Awards 2017.

LDA Design has worked alongside Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) and Brent Council (South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Team) to develop a 2005 masterplan, providing a more sustainable approach to creating a sociable new neighbourhood where people feel like they belong, as well as a community which is fully integrated into the wider area.

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Expanded EIA regulations come into force

New EIA regulations which come into force in England on 16 May 2017 will expand their scope and requirements. Developers can now demonstrate that an EIA is not required by describing the features and measures which will avoid or prevent significantly adverse effects on the environment at the screening stage. This could screen out borderline EIA developments but a level of certainty will still be needed that mitigation measures can be delivered.

LPAs will still need to adopt a screening opinion within three weeks, but this can be extended if the developer agrees.

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Designing rooftop garden for Westgate, Oxford

The new 800,000 sq ft (74,300 sq. m) Westgate Oxford development includes the city’s first public roof garden, designed by LDA Design.

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Tidal power lagoon to trigger regeneration

The tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay will be a major catalyst for city growth. It could even have a role in bolstering the UK’s Brexit survival strategy.

LDA Design are working with Tidal Lagoon Power as masterplanners and lead designers for the project, and are consultants for the proposed lagoon fleet.

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Plymouth masterplans shortlisted for design award

Masterplans for Plymouth by LDA Design have been shortlisted for the 2017 National Urban Design Awards.

Improving the look and feel and viability of the city centre is a key focus, together with transforming the waterfront experience.

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The art of creating community

Two thirds of people polled in a recent survey in Britain felt that a sense of community has declined in their lifetime. A new essay by LDA Design shows the way that new homes are masterplanned presents an incredible opportunity to reverse this trend.

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