For forty years, we have helped shape the world around us for the better.

Alfred Place

The West End Project is Camden Council’s £35 million scheme to deliver exciting improvements to central London’s public realm. One of the most significant transformations is the creation of new and regenerated public and green spaces. This includes Alfred Place, a radical project that will transform a road into a new public park, a green oasis lined with wildflowers and places for play.

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Arnold Circus

London’s Boundary Estate in Shoreditch is Europe’s first social housing estate. Dating back to 1890, its handsome streets fan out from a central garden and bandstand, designed to promote social cohesion – a radical move at a time when the city was struggling with spatial constraints. However, the gardens had fallen into a steep decline and until recently were little used. LDA Design worked with the community to breathe new life into the space, adding seating and carefully restoring the ‘At Risk’ bandstand. An award winner, this project demonstrates how local groups can successfully lobby for improvements to help shape where they live for the better.

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Barking Riverside

LDA Design is helping to turn Barking Power Station in east London into a distinctive new riverfront town, made special by its heritage, ecology and location. Stretching 2km along the northern banks of the River Thames, this ambitious new 180-hectare development is one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects. New transport connections, terraced seating with river views and a park that moves into serene wetlands will make Barking Riverside a wonderful new place to call home.

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Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is one of London’s true architectural icons. After many false starts, redevelopment of the site into a new central London neighbourhood is well underway. LDA Design is leading on all the external spaces, creating streets, squares, numerous roof gardens including London’s longest, a new six-acre public park and over 400 metres of waterfront public realm. The emphasis is on high quality design. This is a project of firsts, the mantra of ‘don’t do ordinary’ rings true from the overall design of large new buildings to the smallest detail, reflecting the site’s industrial heritage.

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Better Places Plymouth

In two months and seven raids, German bombers left Plymouth amongst the most heavily damaged cities in the UK. A Plan for Plymouth was a radical post-war reimagining by Abercrombie and Watson. It created wide open streets on a grid and pushed much of the energy out to the suburbs. Better Places Plymouth refreshes this mid-century vision, drawing dynamism back into the city centre’s streets and spaces to create places where people to choose to visit and spend time; where top brands, restaurants and hotels want to be; and where cycling and city walking are safer and more enjoyable.

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Brompton Cemetery

Victorian gem, Brompton Cemetery, the resting place of Suffragette Emeline Pankhurst, is one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries. Built to ease the city’s overcrowded graveyards, it provides much-needed urban public green space. Today, the Park and Garden contain more than 35 Grade II and II* listed buildings and monuments, together with 35,000 gravestones, 60 species of tree and abundant wildlife. It is the only cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation. A £6.2 million restoration, with a masterplan by LDA Design, has brought the cemetery into the 21st century. New editions include a café and visitor centre.

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Brunswick Square

With its generous terraces, the Brunswick Centre is one of London’s most distinctive 1960s mixed-used developments. Close by is the lovely Brunswick Square Gardens. What separates these two landmarks is a busy, pedestrian unfriendly, land-hungry roundabout. Camden Council commissioned LDA Design to reconfigure the space, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Solutions include a dedicated cycle route and stronger connections to the Brunswick Centre.

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Burgess Park

The idea for Burgess Park came out of the 1943 Abercrombie Plan. Clear an area damaged by heavy bombing, create a park and move the displaced population to the new high-rise Aylesbury Estate. The park was built out, yet without a clear guiding plan. The result was a park that was mature but lacking in structure. With dead ends, fears over safety grew. LDA Design’s competition-winning vision has created a safe, popular space with open sightlines and 3.5km of new footpaths. The central lake is now a feature. It has Southwark’s first dedicated BBQ space.

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Cambridge Green Belt Review

A robust LDA Design study for Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire Council analysed how each parcel of land around the edge of Cambridge helps preserve the setting and special character of the city, the primary reason the Cambridge green belt was designated. The report also considered the scope to release land for development without causing significant green belt harm. Our assessment confirmed a number of releases proposed by the councils and led to the release of land south of Cambridge not previously identified. On LDA Design’s advice, the site was allocated for an extension to Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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Cathedral Square

Peterborough Cathedral is one of the UK’s finest examples of 12th century architecture. But the square over which it proudly stands had long been under-serving the city. An LDA Design-led revamp has made the piazza the heart of the city once again, changing perceptions, improving footfall and boosting local businesses. Cathedral Square is now a great place to grab a coffee – children love the choreographed jets too.

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Center Parcs

Center Parcs is at the forefront of sustainable, active-lifestyle tourism in the UK. Starting out in the Netherlands, the company now has five holiday villages across Britain. LDA Design played a key role in the delivery of two of Center Parcs’ forest villages, at Longleat and more recently Woburn. We took Woburn from site selection, through masterplan optioneering to design. We led the Environmental Impact Assessment, prepared all public consultation material and gave evidence at public inquiry. Key to the success of the design was the integration of the lake, core visitor facilities and over 700 forest lodges into expansive areas of retained forestry. A car-free environment allows visitors to experience a real sense of being close to nature.

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Chivenor Cross

North Devon wasn’t short of utilitarian employment space but had little offering a higher quality working environment within an attractive setting. This meant ambitious start-ups and expanding local businesses were turning away from North Devon. The Chivenor Cross scheme, near Barnstaple – North Devon’s main town, was conceived in direct response, as a way of making the area an exciting, relevant option for investors and lowering risk for businesses coming into the area. Housing was factored into the scheme to meet local need and guarantee the scheme’s viability.

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Church Street

Church Street, next to Marylebone Station, was once a shopping haunt for the Victorian well-to-do. It is now the site of Westminster City Council’s largest regeneration project to date. A new masterplan will guide economic growth and development for the next 15-20 years, creating fresh and exciting opportunities for a healthy and prosperous lifestyle. Improved health outcomes for local residents is one of four key drivers behind the plan. Smart phasing for new development will result in tangible benefits and real change very early on in the delivery process.

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Clarendon

Berkeley Group’s St William is unlocking some of the UK’s most complex brownfield sites, reconnecting dozens of gasworks – cut off decades – with the surrounding community, and transforming them into beautiful places to live. LDA Design developed ‘first life’ principles to shape the masterplan for Clarendon: encouraging sociability, and connecting people to nature and to place. We set out to make Clarendon feel special, to make it easy to live an active, neighbourly life here. Our approach rested on the quality of the shared spaces, not just the quantity. Clarendon Community Park will provide a welcome retreat in the hard and paved environment of north London’s Wood Green.

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Clissold Park

Stoke Newington favourite, Clissold Park is a cherished 55-acre London green space. A public park since 1887, it is home to a grade II listed villa built for 18th century philanthropist Jonathan Hoare. A major restoration has lifted the Park to a new level, ensuring that it is relevant to a diverse audience. Features include a redesigned pleasure ground, new skate park and a destination play area. A man-made watercourse, originally designed to supply water into London, has been reinstated. Clissold is now central to the lives of all those that live close by, and a destination for those further afield.

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Cotswolds AONB

It is fair to say that the market towns and villages of the Cotswolds, and the countryside that wraps around them, are easy on the eye. Quintessentially English, and framed by rolling hills, the Cotswolds form the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and Wales. LDA Design’s landscape character assessment of this designated area provides a detailed understanding of what makes the Cotswolds so special. Drawing on these findings, we crafted an overview of the forces of change influencing the landscape, and how best to manage it in a sustainable and positive way. This understanding will inform new approaches to conserving character whilst better supporting a living, working landscape.

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Coypool

Clay from Dartmoor was transported to Coypool, on the edge of Plymouth, to be dried. This extraordinary brownfield site, which is surrounded by fantastic woodland, is now allocated for housing development. LDA Design is supporting Homes England through the planning process. We have defined a Woodland Strategy that not only determines how the woodland will be managed for net biodiversity gain, but also how it can be used as a vast, public open space that will inform the character of the place, creating a distinctive market offer.

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Deanslade Park

Set within glorious Staffordshire countryside, the city of Lichfield is known for its medieval cathedral, the only one remaining in the UK today with three spires. Like many UK cities, Lichfield faces the challenge of how best to accommodate growth in order to remain lively and sustainable. LDA Design helped secure the release of an area of the West Midlands Green Belt on the southern edge of the city for new residential development. We demonstrated that this release would not affect the integrity and purpose of the green belt here and made provision for Deanslade Park, a significant new green space for local people to enjoy.

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Derriford Community Park

Just north of Plymouth city centre, Derriford is poised for significant growth. With swathes of underutilised land, LDA Design identified it as the perfect place for a new regionally-important park with the potential to be run by the community, for the community. A delivery plan set out the financial model, and a LDA Design masterplan demonstrated what the space could offer, including the One Planet Centre for environmental learning and a new city farm.

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Dorset Coast Landscape Assessment

The UK’s coast is on the frontline of climate breakdown with many communities at risk. LDA Design’s first-of-its-kind study of the Dorset landscape and seascape explores the forces of change that are acting upon it, and the mechanisms necessary to plan for positive change. Management actions and target strategies set out in the assessment are designed to shape policy and planning decisions and contribute to Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site management plans. Pioneering work to inform better decision making.

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Eden Qingdao

Since opening, more than 18 million people have visited England’s Eden Project, adding £1.7 billion to the local economy. This world-famous eco-centre is now expanding overseas. LDA Design is working on the first of these ventures – a new ecological park near Qingdao in China. Water sets the framework for Qingdao, and we are creating wetlands, freshwater and salt lakes, swales, reed beds, rain gardens and beaches. Qingdao will be a place of delight. Experiences here will be made richer with the understanding of how we can better manage this scarce resource.

Euston Road

London’s Mayor wants to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport. To this end, Camden Council appointed LDA Design to develop a vision that would turn a busy section of the Euston Road, running in front of the transformed King’s Cross Station, into a world-class gateway. The brief also included a revamp for some of the key connecting streets. We set out how Euston Road could become a grand boulevard: a safer, cleaner, more enjoyable place to be for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Exeter Science Park

Exeter Science Park is a flagship project for the South West. It is situated within a sensitive landscape setting, one which presented a significant planning and design challenge. LDA Design’s response enables the new development to sit comfortably within its wider setting, clustering buildings in order to create a social place where the onsite landscape is free to dominate. The Park is an excellent example of good design trumping planning risk and delivery challenges.

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Forty Hall

A walk around Forty Hall feels a long way from London. This handsome Jacobean manor house in Enfield is now a free museum and a popular local destination. It is also a rare example of a pristine 18th century landscape, with a large ornamental lake, formal and informal gardens, as well as medieval fishing ponds. With Heritage Lottery funding, Enfield Council and LDA Design set about securing its future through careful restoration, returning to a ‘Landscape of Plenty’ made more accessible and relevant.

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Gloucester Docks

In its heyday Gloucester Docks was a major gateway to the industrialised Midlands and beyond. A major regeneration has turned it into a popular destination, one that is reported to rival Gloucester Cathedral as the city’s main draw. Visitors can now wander around a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port lined with handsome warehouses and replete with new bars and cafés, bespoke seating and new public art.

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Gorky Park

Stretching along the banks of the Moscow River, Gorky Park is one of the Russian capital’s most important public spaces and a national icon. LDA Design’s vision secures a long future and a global status to rival New York’s Central Park. Our masterplan drew on Russia’s rich cultural heritage to create seven distinct landscapes. Lovingly restored, Gorky Park has become a popular destination once again. In the summer, thousands use the beanbags and recliners that fill the lawns or head to the urban beach at the river’s edge.

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Here East

Here East is an award-winning new digital quarter and makers yard, which builds on the creative heritage of Hackney Wick. Situated in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East reuses London 2012’s Media Centres. By taking temporary buildings and spaces and giving them fresh purpose, it serves as a bold statement of sustainable design and of the commitment to deliver on the post-Games legacy. Responding to the scale of the site’s monumental architecture, LDA Design visualised the outdoor spaces to reflect the area’s industrial aesthetic, creating a flexible canvas for socialising and events or a great place to have lunch.

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Holborn

Central London’s Holborn is set to change rapidly with the arrival of HS2 into Farringdon bringing a new wave of investment. Camden Council wants to tackle some of the key issues at play in the neighbourhood, including the four-lane gyratory system that cuts through it. LDA Design’s proposals for the 38-acre area, which includes Holborn Tube and the British Museum, will re-balance movement and place, creating safer, more attractive, easier-to-navigate streets for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as new green infrastructure to improve air quality. Research revealed there are only seven public seats in Holborn, we plan for this to change.

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HS2 Phase 1

As part of the ALIGN JV, LDA Design is bringing a landscape-led approach to bear on HS2, one of the UK’s most complex infrastructure projects. We are working to help protect highly valued and sensitive landscapes across the Colne Valley and the Chilterns. Our proposals go beyond simple mitigation of impacts. We are looking to achieve ambitious biodiversity targets through habitat creation initiatives and are delivering enhanced recreational facilities within the Regional Park.

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Jubilee Square

Transport policy in the 1960s had a huge impact on many UK cities. In Leicester, the inner ring road disrupted street patterns and severed communities. Connecting Leicester is reversing these impacts, reconnecting the heart of the city to its assets. A clever choice. The dramatic transformation of a central surface-level car park into a new public square that hosts outdoor cinema and an annual Christmas market speaks volumes about the direction of travel and the bold ambitions behind the scheme.

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King’s Cross to Farringdon

Situated at the boundary of three boroughs – Camden, Islington and The City – the hugely diverse space between King’s Cross and Farringdon is not a single distinctive neighbourhood. This is likely to change as the Royal Mail Sorting Office at Mount Pleasant makes way for new homes and streets. Capitalising on this opportunity, Camden Council commissioned LDA Design to develop proposals to transform the public realm. Our work will provide safer, more attractive and less cluttered streets, new opportunities for socialising, improved biodiversity and the framework for healthier lifestyles.

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Kype Muir Extension

LDA Design provided design advice and LVIA support for the now consented Section 36 wind farm proposed at Kype Muir Extension for Banks Group. It builds on previous consents for Kype Muir and Dungavel wind farms. A key challenge involved addressing concerns of consultees in relation to the overall composition of the group of wind farms, and the relationship between the scale and position of turbines and the terrain. The site is unusual in that it is mainly visible from the north and west, enabling design considerations to focus on views from those directions. The final design uses a range of turbine sizes. Taller turbines are positioned in locations further onto the top of the plateaus, increasing the wind farm’s capacity without the size differences being readily apparent in views.

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Land and Animal Learning Hub

Derriford, just north of Plymouth, has masses of untapped potential. Our proposals for the area include a new regionally-important park. Duchy College has expressed interest in running a new educational hub there, providing an array of environmental learning opportunities. Our masterplan for the new facility ensures the complex is a coherent part of its wider setting, forming the ‘heart of the park’.

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Leeds Green Infrastructure Strategy

The Leeds City Region has one of the most powerful economies in the UK. It also includes some of the UK’s most significant forest landscapes. LDA Design’s Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy will ensure that future growth is supported by a high quality environment. Together with key partners, we developed a blueprint to guide investment that would underpin economic vitality and environmental health. A priority is Fresh Aire, a major initiative to coordinate green infrastructure with development proposals in the Aire and Calder Valleys. The innovative Leeds City Region GI strategy won the Landscape Institute’s ‘Landscape Policy’ award.

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Littlehampton

New infrastructure projects are often missed for better place-making. But it doesn’t have to be this way. LDA Design’s award-winning flood defence scheme in Littlehampton demonstrates how a need for enhanced infrastructure can create great places for people. The scheme, which strengthens defences along the east bank of the River Arun, is deliberately modest. It features welcoming promenades at differing levels, terraced seating and lovely coastal planting. The transformed seafront not only better protects the people of Littlehampton but also connects the town to a much-improved waterfront.

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Long Reach SANG

Demand for housing in the South East of England is acute, in fact it’s the UK’s highest. It is also significantly constrained by important designations such as green belt and the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA), representing some of the highest protection in terms of planning policy. Recognising these challenges, LDA Design, with BSG Ecology, provided support for the planning application for the creation of a significant area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) to alleviate pressure on the SPA, unlocking housing delivery. We went on to provide expert witness at a successful appeal in a test case for the interpretation of the change of use of land in relation to inappropriate development in the Green Belt, which has since been clarified in the updated 2019 National Planning Policy Framework.

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Moscow Parks

Years of under-investment had seen many of Moscow’s parks slip into decline. If they were going to appeal and be relevant to a new generation they needed to become quality places to spend a long, leisurely afternoon. LDA Design led the restoration of nine parks across the city, setting new standards for park design. From the smallest, the lovely Lilac Gardens, to the largest, Borisovsky Lakes, our aim was to make them all gardens of surprise and delight, places over which local people could feel a renewed sense of ownership.

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Network Rail Lineside Strategy

The UK’s lineside is costly to manage. Whilst ecologically rich in places, it also offers limited value. Up to now, management has largely focused on clearance and felling. Network Rail posed the challenge to retrofit a more productive working lineside landscape that is planned, designed and managed to deliver wider environmental benefits, whilst maintaining the highest standards of safety and operational performance. LDA Design established an award-winning strategy that creates a fully functioning environmental and ecological asset capable of increasing biodiversity and improving land use. It establishes more constructive partnerships with communities and responds to low-carbon economy opportunities, helping to meet the challenge of climate breakdown.

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North West Cambridge

A model for ambitious development, the University of Cambridge’s multi-award-winning North West Cambridge is a vibrant new district providing 3,000 new homes and 100,000sqm of space for pioneering research. It is also the UK’s most sustainable large-scale development, with energy-efficient homes and buildings. The country’s largest rainwater recycling scheme utilises swales and feeds a beautiful lagoon; woodland ridges serve as a buffer to the adjacent M11. LDA Design is working with contractors, Skanska, to ensure the public realm gives North West Cambridge a strong sense of place, integrating local rural characteristics such as hedgerows and heritage trees with a fine urban grain inspired by the city of Cambridge’s historic centre.

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Northala Fields

Stand on the highest mound of Ealing’s Northala Fields on a sunny day and you will have the most spectacular view across London, with the London Eye in clear sight. Northala Fields is an award-winning park adjacent to the A40. It is instantly recognisable from its four conical-shaped hills, like ancient burial mounds, made from tonnes of construction rubble and spoil. This waste would have headed to landfill at great cost to the environment. Instead, working with Ealing Council, LDA Design used the waste to make Northala a destination park for local people to enjoy.

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Oktyabrsky Island

Water is at the heart of LDA Design’s landscape-led masterplan for Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad, Russia, which has won an international competition run by Strelka KB. A short 10-minute walk from the city centre, Oktyabrsky is home to the 2018 World Cup Kaliningrad Stadium. Comprising 385 hectares of reclaimed marshland, it has been designated a special economic zone by the Russian government to attract international investment and tourism. This is an extraordinary opportunity to create a new piece of city that delivers a world-class cultural destination for Kaliningrad. LDA Design’s concept embraces the natural beauty of the Pergolya River and intuitively draws these qualities deep into the site in a new model for city living that supports healthier and happier lifestyles.

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Oval Gasworks

A new development in The Oval is set to open up an industrial site closed off to the public for 150 years to create 700-plus much-needed new homes. It is key to a wider regeneration masterplan. LDA Design will ensure lively everyday spaces, inspired by local heritage, bring the site to life. Each area has its own distinctive character, with well-chosen materials and planting creating cohesion. These spaces can scale up to accommodate community events from farmers’ markets to seasonal celebrations. The site’s iconic listed No1 Gasholder, which frames the world-famous Oval Cricket Ground, will be taken down and rebuilt with a high-quality apartment block within its frame.

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Oxford High Buildings

Oxford is under pressure to build many more homes, and new guidance by LDA Design for Oxford City Council examines how the city can achieve this whilst preserving its historic character and identity. The report provides a more nuanced and muscular approach to protecting views, increasing the potential for well-designed buildings at higher density. The guidance represents a new approach to managing future growth establishing, for the first time, a comprehensive understanding of the city’s heritage assets and landscape characteristics, and how these interact across the city.

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Park Sadovniki

Having prioritised the regeneration of the capital’s parks to encourage better health outcomes and to make the city a more comfortable and attractive to live, the Moscow Government appointed LDA Design to produce transformational masterplans for the city’s principal parks. At Sadovniki, the ‘Gardeners’ Park’, we created a destination space, restoring the ‘heart of the park’ to draw people in with a new network of paths improving navigation.

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Plymouth City Council

LDA Design has been providing town planning and urban design advice to Plymouth City Council for fifteen years. At a strategic level, this work has included preparation of a city-wide design strategy, including a tall buildings strategy, through to a ground-breaking study on creating sustainable neighbourhoods that provided important evidence to the Local Development Framework. We have been instrumental in the regeneration of key areas, including Millbay Docks and East End Village. It’s a long and successful partnership that helped Plymouth win RTPI award recognition.

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Porth Teigr

At its peak, Cardiff Dock was the world’s busiest port exporting nearly nine million tonnes of coal per year. Half a century later, exports had ceased altogether. In 1987, the UK Government set up a development corporation to redevelop one sixth of the area to create Cardiff Bay. Porth Teigr, one of the most significant waterfront property projects in Europe, is the last piece in the jigsaw. Home to BBC Wales, it is an exciting mixed-use neighbourhood with creative, commercial, residential and leisure uses. LDA Design ensured the masterplan was deliverable, creating a public realm strategy that would establish a coherent destination identity.

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Ramenki

Ramenki is a 55-hectare site close to Moscow State University. LDA Design is working with Russian developer Don Stroy Invest on a masterplan that includes 10,000 quality new homes served by two new schools, as well as community facilities, shops and commercial workspace. Ramenki is evidence of a growing appetite for landscape-led design in Russia because it results in livelier, more successful places where people can live healthier lives in close contact with nature.

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Rawdat Al Khail Park

Nestled in a densely populated district of Doha, Rawdat Al Khail is one of the oldest parks in Qatar. In need of urgent regeneration, it has been closed to the public for several years. A push to reopen this vital green space is now on. LDA Design’s vision brings the Park into the 21st century, giving it a viable future. New facilities, connected by a sinuous path network, support a range of activities from skateboarding to badminton, football to wall-climbing. The shaded Peace Garden will be a place of cool and quiet contemplation.

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Rowden Park

Chippenham is a historic market town with a beautiful landscape setting that includes The Cotswolds and The North Wessex Downs. Our vision and masterplan for Rowden Park demonstrates how a new garden village can not only provide much-needed housing but also celebrate unique local qualities. Our approach seeks to invigorate the historic town centre and reconnect people with the cultural landscape. A key thread of the vision is ‘The Rowden Mile’, a landscape link through a new Riverside Park within the broad River Avon valley which reaches into the town centre.

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Scarborough Harbour

Scarborough is the UK’s first resort and one of its most attractive. Despite this, it has long suffered from underinvestment. The town’s historic harbour was identified as a priority for regeneration. LDA Design negotiated between often polarised positions to produce a radical scheme that received unanimous approval, de-bunking the idea of using off-the-shelf Victorian pastiche street components in favour of bespoke elements that were ‘uniquely Scarborough’. Bold steps included removing the security fencing around the quay to open it up to the public. Improvements have stimulated investment and boosted local trade, and played a major part in Scarborough winning the Most Enterprising Town in Britain accolade.

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Serp & Molot

Moscow’s urban landscape is dotted with relics of its industrial heritage. Serp & Molot, the site of an abandoned steel works, is one of the city’s largest and best known. LDA Design won an international competition and was commissioned by Donstroy Invest to masterplan Serp & Molot’s regeneration. Our vision, which is now built out, sets a benchmark for sustainable living, showcasing the impact of urban greening. A central park, forming a ‘green river’ through the development, is the defining feature, creating new habitats and enabling people to flourish in a new place they are proud to call home.

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Shrewsbury Big Town Plan

A ground-breaking Big Town Plan has been drafted for Shrewsbury, setting out an ambitious, landscape-led vision for how this historic county town will look by 2036. It provides a framework that will make Shrewsbury more resilient, directing investment in new housing and start-ups from the periphery into the centre. It could become a blueprint for other towns to follow.

Sighthill

Glasgow’s Sighthill is the largest regeneration project in the UK outside of London. LDA Design’s proposals for this new 850-home neighbourhood, on the site of an iconic Glasgow estate, will foster community and create a strong sense of place, aided by a carefully phased build programme that will deliver tangible results early on. Each space and street will be distinctive. A pedestrian-prioritised boulevard acts as a civic spine, connecting homes with new play spaces, pocket parks, plazas and transport links. A linear park wraps around the site, its lochans, burns and wetlands providing flood protection and boosting biodiversity.

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Skylines

Marsh Wall stands on the western edge of the Isle of Dogs, a tongue of reclaimed land made into an island by the West India Dock Company. Once the warehouse of the world, and now within the shadow of Canary Wharf, it is fast becoming one of London’s most exciting new places to live. LDA Design has shaped the shared space for this 600-home development, creating a place where a new community can take root quickly and where people feel an easy sense of belonging. Spaces are designed to bring people into contact with nature as an everyday part of their lives.

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South Kyle Wind Farm

The Scottish Government has granted consent for a Vattenfall 50-turbine South Kyle Wind Farm in the Scottish Uplands. The application followed an earlier rejected scheme on the site. The landscape and visual issues were a key factor in a new approach. LDA Design developed a landscape-led design strategy for the site to address a number of challenging constraints, including complex topography and a legacy of open cast mining and commercial forestry. Our input helped shape the layout and inform the scale of the development so that it was sensitive to the landscape, testing suitable turbine sizes, numbers and positions to arrive at the final wind farm design.

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St James’ Hospital

St James’ Hospital boasts an enviable setting on the Southsea coast. This former hospital is also now one of Portsmouth’s most significant development opportunities. A site-wide vision has reassured the three public sector landowners involved that a new place could achieve best value for all. LDA Design’s delivery focused approach has helped secure agreement, ensuring development moves forward quickly and in a coordinated way. The local neighbourhood forum is also actively engaged. A considered design approach, in partnership with architects Feilden + Mawson, balances respectful conversion of listed buildings with optimum use of the parkland site, enabling commercially viable outcomes.

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St Lawrence Hospital

Redevelopment of publicly owned brownfield land is a priority for the UK Government. LDA Design has played a major role in bringing the site of Bodmin’s former St Lawrence Hospital back into circulation. LDA Design’s proposals make best use of the site’s assets. The landscape with its long, lingering views and open grassland gives the new neighbourhood a clear identity, enabling it to stand out in the marketplace. Safeguarding workspace within the plan ensures this will also be an enterprising community.

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StrandAldwych

The Strand in Aldwych is one of London’s most famous streets. Gateway to the capital’s Theatreland, the area is home to Somerset House, King’s College London, LSE and St Mary le Strand Church, as well as hotels, theatres and the Courtauld Institute of Art. It is also a notorious bottleneck for traffic, with poor quality public spaces. LDA Design and Westminster City Council have developed ambitious plans to transform StrandAldwych into a world-class cultural and learning quarter. The proposals remove traffic from a 200-metre stretch to create lively new public realm said to rival Trafalgar Square. Key design moves will help to resolve the challenges of congestion, pollution and safety.

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Stratford Waterfront

Stratford Waterfront represents the largest cultural investment in the capital since the Festival of Britain and the South Bank, opening up world-class arts and education to a younger audience. Big names heading there include the BBC, V&A, London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells. LDA Design is creating a dynamic common ground that will support a fresh curated programme of activity, drawing crowds to east London. The potential for cultural exchange is exciting.

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Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon is a world-first energy solution. The UK is the second-largest source of tidal power in the world. By harnessing this power, the lagoon could deliver a step-change in the UK’s energy mix. The scheme is also visionary placemaking. It will create a fantastic new maritime tourist destination and better connect the seafront to the city. Swansea Council described the proposal as a “once in a generation opportunity to deliver a major strategic asset” for south-west Wales.

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The Perfume Factory

London’s private rental sector is dominated by small-scale landlords but that’s changing as developers push ahead with large-scale build-to-rent schemes. One of the biggest will transform the former Elizabeth Arden, Art Deco perfume factory in North Acton, creating 500 new homes. It’s no surprise that tenants are happier and stay longer if they know at least one neighbour. LDA Design is working to ensure the vibrant shared spaces work hard for new residents with sociable seating, The Yard has space for street food and there will be community food growing too.

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The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks cares for eight of London’s most spectacular and significant green spaces, covering over 5,000 acres of historic parkland. LDA Design’s relationship with The Royal Parks spans decades, and is award winning. Together, we have restored historic landscapes based on archaeological investigations and furthered sensitive designs that appeal to new audiences, within Grade I registered landscapes. Our work includes the redesign of North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens and we have reversed the decline of much-loved urban oasis, Brompton Cemetery.

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Tower Festival Headland

Blackpool was eager to buck the trend of falling visitor numbers, recognising that the quality of its seafront was key to turning fortunes around. LDA Design won an international competition to transform the waterfront of the UK’s most renowned seaside town by channeling a fun end-of-the-pier spirit. Strengthened sea defences that recall the natural dunes that once formed this coastline were integrated into the design. The Tower Festival Headland is a new events space for up to 20,000 people. It features wedding chapel, The Tower of Love, a RIBA award winner.

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Trevenson Road

Camborne, Pool and Redruth lie at the heart of Cornwall’s historic tin-mining area; their fortunes tied to the rise and fall of the industry. Following decades of lack of investment, the area became one of the UK’s most deprived. A visionary solution was called for to turn things around. LDA Design worked closely with multiple public agencies to define a masterplan and Implementation Plan to regenerate the most deprived area of all – Trevenson Road in Pool. The vision, now almost completely built out, drew together the best elements of the built and natural environments to create lovely new homes and a destination parkland, providing a quality setting for development, lifting the spirits of local residents and providing a reason to visit.

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UCL East

University College London (UCL) is expanding to east London with a new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Of course, this gives UCL much more space for new facilities to support academic excellence. But more importantly, it allows this education pioneer to forge a new approach, one that fosters collaboration and benefits the local community more directly, securing better education and employment outcomes for local people. The masterplan connects people and place through landscape. The sunny riverbanks provide an ideal university setting but they are also key to its integration, providing the community has easy access.

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Union Terrace Gardens

Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens is seen by many as the most important park regeneration in the UK today. Once the City’s best-loved central green space, it has since become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, its slow decline a concern to many. LDA Design’s proposals will create a revitalised green heart for Aberdeen, a year-round destination that will hopefully boost civic pride in this proud city, and serve as a catalyst for wider regeneration. Our vision builds on the Gardens’ 19th century heritage and charm, whilst improving accessibility, safety and usability. The ‘grand staircase’ into the Gardens’ will be reinstated. New additions include a café and gallery. A central lawn provides a great space for lively, large gatherings.

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest and most-loved green spaces, originally designed to serve the East End working class. Funding cuts had weakened its appeal, infrastructure was failing, and original features were at risk. Tower Hamlets Council commissioned LDA Design to prepare a masterplan and oversee its implementation. We combined a sensitivity to the Park’s heritage with a highly creative approach to new features and spaces. The project included the restoration of lakes, bridges and a recreated pagoda. The challenge was to keep all areas of the park accessible to the public through the busy summer while the regeneration took place. Now more than 12 million visit every year.

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Waterbeach

Waterbeach New Town East is a pioneer – a first for UK housing at this scale. It reimagines residential streets and what they can offer, moving away from prioritising cars in spaces around homes. Our vision draws on the open, powerful and compelling landscape and patterns of the Fens to foster a strong sense of community based around a series of small neighbourhood steads. Each stead will comprise up to 400 homes; they will have their own character, landmarks and facilities. They will be fine-grained, nuanced and well-linked, but they will also connect to a bigger landscape and story.

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Welborne

At the heart of Garden Communities is hope. Their development model is distinctively different. It promises the creation of places where people can thrive. Welborne is amongst the first wave. LDA Design has shaped a landscape-led vision for this new community, drafting a series of masterplan options to be robustly tested. Over time, we have provided design guidance to Fareham Borough Council and the landowner and developer delivering the scheme, helping to find the compromises necessary for the settlement to be built without compromising the quality of the place.

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Wembley Park

As the home of our national game Wembley occupies a unique place in the nation’s heart, but it hasn’t always been a great place to live. That’s changing fast as developer Quintain, with support from LDA Design, sets about creating a vibrant, self-sustaining north-west London community with a new seven-acre park, gardens with lazy lawns, and an award-winning site-wide tree planting strategy. That strategy is not alone. Wembley’s Alto Apartments scooped Property Week’s RESI Development of the Year. The spirit of landscape genius Humphry Repton, the original designer behind Wembley Park, casts light over the new designs.

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West Bay Park

Doha oozes confidence. Once known for fishing and pearl diving, today the city is stylish and modern with strong connections to its rich heritage and culture. As Qatar’s fastest growing city, it threatens to rival Dubai as the Gulf’s most exciting place to live, work and visit. Home to many of Qatar’s tallest buildings, West Bay is a thriving new business quarter on Doha’s east coast. LDA Design was appointed to create an impressive new gateway to this emerging district, gifting Doha with a new urban park on a site once earmarked for a 100-storey tower

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West End Projects

The pressure on central London’s public realm is intense and growing ever more so. Major improvements need to be made to tackle air pollution and to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Camden Council has a remarkable ambition to create a hectare of new or reimagined public space in one of the busiest, most heavily contested parts of London. The council commissioned LDA Design to develop plans that shift the balance from cars to people, making streets cleaner, greener and safer, and improving connections to key attractions. At Princes Circus a section of Shaftsbury Avenue will make way for a lively public square. Alfred Place will become the first new park in this area in 25 years. Cherished park, Whitfield Gardens will be transformed for the local community.

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West Park Gateway

Hull’s fortunes rested on the sea, with shipping and fishing its main industries. Philip Larkin said of Hull, ‘It’s in the middle of the lonely country, and beyond the lonely country there is only sea.” The decline in both hit the the city hard. Hull’s response has been ambitious, with housing and cultural renewal top of the agenda. As part of this wave of regeneration, LDA Design crafted a development framework for Anlaby Road. One of our first moves was to recast West Park, reversing decades of lack of investment with a welcoming new gateway into the park.

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Westferry Printworks

Westferry Printworks, once Europe’s largest printing plant, is the site of an ambitious new neighbourhood on the Isle of Dogs. The proposal establishes new connections to the waterfront through a long since cut-off private site. More than half of Westferry is dedicated to open space. A south-facing promenade lined with cafés and shops will provide a vibrant dockside experience. LDA Design looked at how a range of activities could be accommodated to connect people to place. There will be two new parks, playful streets, courtyards, waterside and woodland walks, play areas, plus a space for local food growing.

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Westgate, Oxford

Home to one of the best universities in the world, Oxford is also a vibrant city of industry, commerce and culture. Over the last few decades, however, a combination of the medieval street layout, the city’s historic buildings and diverse land ownership have hampered the evolution of a modern retail offer. Land Securities’ Westgate rings the changes. The design offers rooftop dining that capitalises on views of the world famous ‘dreaming spires’. LDA Design developed competition-winning proposals to create a ‘Kitchen Quad’, dotted with aromatic herbs, ornamental vegetables and fruit trees, plus ‘crinkle-crankle’ seats. The rooftop has already proved to be one of Oxford’s most popular new spots, from day to night.

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Whitfeld Gardens

Whitfield Gardens is a much-loved community space off Tottenham Court Road in central London. As it stands, the Gardens are a magnet for anti-social behaviour. LDA Design, in partnership with Camden Council, hopes to revive this cherished green space, opening up views, removing hidden nooks and providing a safe and attractive place for residents, workers and visitors. Communal dining, rainwater gardens and an events area will define the space. The Fitzrovia Mural will also be restored. Whitfield Gardens is part of the council’s ambitious £35 million West End Projects.

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Wichelstowe

Wichelstowe is an emerging new development to the south of Swindon. It originally secured consent in 2003 for 4,500 homes and 68,000 m2 of office space, but by 2008 the development had stalled having proven to be commercially undeliverable. LDA Design was invited to review the original masterplan to improve design quality and viability within the parameters of the consented scheme. Our successful revised plan recasts Wichelstowe as a series of settlements within a remarkable landscape. It delivered a £30m infrastructure saving.

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