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Practice Statement

LDA Design is an independent, design, environment and sustainability consultancy, established in 1979 and with a professional team of over 130 people. Our work is concerned with addressing some of the biggest challenges that face communities across the globe. We help clients develop creative solutions shaped around economic, environmental and social objectives. LDA Design works across four sectors: Development & Regeneration, Public Realm, Energy & Infrastructure and Climate Change & Environment. Our key expertise includes:Our key expertise includes: masterplanning with urban design, development and regeneration strategies and frameworks, landscape architecture, city visions, climate change adaption and mitigation, sustainability and energy studies, public realm strategies, green infrastructure, environmental impact assessment and ecology.

Our aim is always to understand the place, to deliver the specific requirements of the client and the needs of the community. Each project is different by virtue of its unique location and our design response is equally thoughtful and appropriate.

This approach is driven from the top and the intellectual rigour of the leadership team is maintained by undertaking research projects and working on initiatives that are able to influence professional thinking and our involvement in organisations ranging from the Academy of Urbanism and CABE/Design Council to organisations such as the UK China Ecocities Group.

Our ultimate goal is always to deliver projects on the ground. For our clients this means achieving rapid and efficient planning consents, designing commercially successful and award- winning projects. Our track record speaks for itself. We work at every scale from new low-carbon cities in China to heritage restoration projects in Moscow and new sustainable communities in Cambridgeshire and Swindon. Our regeneration work includes some of the most recognisable and well known projects in the UK such as the masterplan for the World’s first man-made tidal energy lagoon in Swansea, the design and transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Recent Projects

01 - Union Terrace Gardens - Aberdeen
02 - Sighthill Residential Masterplan - Glasgow
03 - Easterbush School - Edinburgh
04 - St Vincent Plaza - Glasgow
05 - Sighthill Regeneration Masterplan - Glasgow
06 - Kilmarnock College - Ayrshire
07 - Haddington Town Centre Access Strategy - East Lothian
08 - Broomlands Primary School - North Ayrshire


2017 - Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
The Engineer Awards 2017:
Winner, Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability

2017 - Littlehampton
Royal Town Planning Institute:
Winner, Excellence in Planning - Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure

2017 - Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Planning Awards:
Double winner, Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability

2016 - St. Vincent Plaza
Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning:
Winner, Place-making Category

2016 - Transforming public realm in Camden
New London Architecture Awards:
Winner, Public Spaces

2016 - Littlehampton
Planning and Placemaking Awards:
Highly Commended, Infrastructure-led placemaking

2015- South Park Plaza
Landscape Institute Awards:
Winner, Design for Large Scale Development

2015- Forty Hall
BALI Awards:
Winner, Restoration and Regeneration Scheme

2015- Cambridge New Museums Site
RTPI Awards:
National Award - Finalist, Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage
Regional - Shortlisted for Planning Achievement

2014- Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
Landscape Institute Awards:
Winner, President’s Award.
Winner, Strategic Landscape Planning

2014 - Lower Ouse Valley
Landscape Institute Awards:
Winner, College of Fellows Award for Climate Change Adaption.

2014 - Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up Park
Landscape Institute Awards:
Highly Commended, Design for a Medium Scale Private Development
2014- Burgess Park
Landscape Institute Awards:
Highly Commended, Design for a Large Scale Public Development

2014 - Wandle Park, Croydon
Landscape Institute Awards:
Highly Commended, Large Scale Public Development

2013 - Network Rail Lineside Vegetation Strategy
Landscape Institute Awards:
Winner, Strategic Landscape Planning

2013 - Gorky Park, Moscow
Landscape Institute Awards:
Highly Commended, Urban Design & Masterplanning

2013 - Victoria Park, London
Landscape Institute Awards:
Highly Commended, Heritage & Conservation

2013 - Castle Green Public Realm, Taunton
RTPI SW Planning Awards:
Commendation, Schemes on the Ground

2013 - Stamford Park, Tameside
BALI Awards:
Winner, Restoration & Regeneration

2013 - Cathedral Square, Peterborough
RICS Awards:
Winner, Regeneration

2012 - London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm
Landscape Institute Awards:
Winner, President’s Award.
Winner, Peter Youngman Award

London Planning Awards:
Winner, Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence

Sustain Magazine Awards:
Winner, Public Realm

National Civic Trust Awards:
Winner, Recognition of Excellence in the Built Environment

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LDA Design
Contact Details
Phone: (0)141 222 9780
Fax: (0)141 222 9789
Sovereign House
158 West Regent St.
Glasgow G2 4RL
No. of architects: 80
No. of staff: 140
Principal Contacts
Kirstin Taylor

3D visualisation


Computer-aided design

Development briefs

Energy-conscious design

Environmental assessment

Environmental studies

Expert witness

Feasibility studies


Heritage and nature

Landscaping design

Model making

New town planning

Perspective drawings

Project manager private sector

Project manager public sector

Rural planning

Sustainable design

Transportation Planning & Assessment

Urban design

Urban planning

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