University of Portsmouth’s sports hub wins planning consent

The University of Portsmouth’s new multi-million pound sports facility, with public realm by LDA Design, has been given the green light by the City’s Council.

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Ebbsfleet Sublime makes International competition shortlist

LDA Design’s competition entry, Ebbsfleet Sublime, has made it through to the final five of the Landscape Institute’s international challenge, run with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and the NHS. 

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LDA Design to become an employee-owned business

Today is EO Day. The perfect time to announce that LDA Design is to become an employee-owned business.

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The future of UK housing: Waterbeach vision revealed

Plans for a new town at Waterbeach, close to Cambridge, have been revealed as developer RLW Estates seeks planning to build 4,500 new homes.

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East Bank plans revealed by London Mayor

The plans for London’s new cultural quarter in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Bank, were revealed this week by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. They represent the largest cultural investment in London since the Festival of Britain and the South Bank.

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Brompton Cemetery restoration wins Museum + Heritage award

The transformation of The Royal Parks’ much-loved Brompton Cemetery has scooped top prize for Restoration or Conservation at the 2018 Museum + Heritage awards.

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Wembley apartments named Development of the Year

Alto Apartments, set within a transformed Wembley Park, has been named Development of the Year at Property Week’s 2018 RESI Awards.

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LDA Design to open three new offices

LDA Design is making a bold move and expanding its operations, setting up new start-ups offices in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester. All three cities have thriving local economies and are focal points for regional growth.

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LDA Design part of Euston Station design team

LDA Design is part of a multi-disciplinary team working to transform Euston station in London.

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Rowing for the Ocean

What does it feel like, to take on the challenge of a lifetime – racing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean?

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Sighthill regeneration takes leap forward

Glasgow City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city. Keepmoat will work with LDA Design to bring forward the new development.

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Putting a ding in the universe

Promotions time at LDA Design…

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Time for something different…?

Come and join us – we’re recruiting. We’d love to hear from you.

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Government green lights landscape apprenticeships

The Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer group of employers, including LDA Design, has received government approval to develop new landscape apprenticeships in England.

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Unanimous approval for LDA Design’s Union Terrace Gardens revamp

LDA Design’s transformation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens is set to come to life later this year after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee.

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London Mayor grants UCL East outline planning permission

University College London (UCL) has been granted outline planning permission by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for its new campus in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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The power of three

‘What three words would your friends use to describe you’ is one of those classic interview questions that can be difficult to answer.

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Why landscape-led masterplanning makes sense

Journalist Hattie Hartman posed an important question in this week’s Architects’ Journal: should all masterplans be landscape-led? We believe the answer is yes. Here’s why.

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LDA Design sponsors Atlantic Row

LDA Design Project Consultant and landscape architect, Kirsty Barker, is taking on the challenge of a lifetime: to row more than 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the impact of single-use plastics on the marine environment.

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LDA Design scores a Planning Awards hat-trick

Three LDA Design projects feature on this year’s Planning Awards shortlist.

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‘Listen to the line’ – LDA Design on TEDx

In the UK we often seem to have low expectations of new infrastructure. LDA Design’s Alister Kratt asks why. Is it a fear of change and the unknown? Or is it that we are not seeing national infrastructure through a wide enough lens, and thinking about positive local outcomes and properly considering design quality: are we just not telling – and believing – the right kinds of stories? 

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LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury

LDA Design has been appointed to help deliver a ‘Big Town Plan’ for Shrewsbury, one of England’s finest county towns.

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Understanding the living landscape

Does anyone really understand how forests will respond to the rise in carbon dioxide?

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New Highlands manufacturing plant gets council approval

 

Highland councillors have approved plans for a new GFG Alliance alloy car wheel factory, near Fort William in Scotland. Production of up to two million wheels a year could begin as early as 2020, creating up to 400 direct new jobs.

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LDA Design to revamp Plymouth city centre

LDA Design and WSP have been appointed by Plymouth City Council to transform the city’s public realm, drawing people back into the centre.

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Is MIPIM a chance to press reset?

MIPIM is a chance to have good conversations. Time to make those about the things that really matter, like tackling loneliness and improving health and wellbeing.

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A new vision for Edinburgh’s George Street

Consultants WYG and LDA Design have been appointed by The City of Edinburgh Council to draw up a long-term vision for George Street, one of the Scottish capital’s principal shopping streets.

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Unanimous approval for transformational Church Street masterplan  

Last night, Westminster City Council Cabinet gave its unanimous support for the Church Street masterplan by Peter Brett Associates (PBA) and LDA Design. This approval follows seven weeks of public consultation.

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New good practice guidance from Historic England

Historic England has published the second edition of its good practice advice note on the setting of historic assets. The guidance will help local planning authorities and those proposing change to heritage assets. LDA Design contributed to the consultation.

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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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A recipe for distinctively different garden communities

Over 40 delegates joined LDA Design’s Frazer Osment at a recent Garden Villages breakfast briefing in Oxford led by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor who was instrumental in developing the government’s garden villages policy.

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Littlehampton wins RTPI award for Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure

LDA Design’s flood defence scheme in Littlehampton in west Sussex has won further recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute, this time picking up a South East award for Excellence in the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure.

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New research reveals forgotten industrial treasure

Historic England has extended the designation of the Belvoir Estate in Leicestershire to include a previously overlooked gem, Knipton Reservoir, following detailed research by landscape historian and writer Steffie Shields and LDA Design.

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LDA Design helps take Eden to China

LDA Design is helping to create the first of the Eden Project’s visitor centres in China.

The Eden Project is embarking on developing visitor centres in the US, Tasmania and three in China. Grimshaw Architects and LDA Design have been appointed to create the first of these – a new ecological park near the port city of Qingdao on China’s east coast.

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Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon wins again but still awaits decision

Proposed energy project Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has added to its trophy cabinet with a win at this year’s Engineer Awards, scooping the top prize for Energy, Efficiency & Sustainability. 

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Palmerston Court gets green light

Wandsworth Council has given planning consent for Palmerston Court, a new housing development on the southern tip of Nine Elms in Battersea, one of the UK’s most exciting urban regeneration projects.

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South Kyle Wind Farm granted consent

The Scottish Government has granted consent for 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands of East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The result follows a Public Inquiry which determined that the benefits of the wind farm would be significant.

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Circus West brings Battersea to life

Circus West, the first phase of the transformation of Battersea Power Station into a place that people call home, completes this summer. It opens up a precious new stretch of Thames riverside on the western side of the Power Station, connecting to Battersea Park.

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Hill of Towie Wind Farm extension secures planning

LDA Design has helped renewable energy company RES secure consent for the expansion of the Hill of Towie Wind Farm in Moray.

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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.

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Together in Glasgow: Practice Day 2017

For this year’s practice day, LDA Design gathered in Glasgow for Cruinn Còmhla ’17, Scots Gaelic for a celebration that brings people together.

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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.

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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.

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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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