Happy Chirstmas

16 December 2021

KLA will be taking a break from work in the New Year to focus on other things. We wanted to thank everyone for their support and express our appreciation to all the wonderful people we have collaborated with over the past few years. We wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

KLA wins Charlton and Albany Housing project

01 May 2021

KLA have been appointed by London Borough of Hounslow to work on a new net zero carbon housing project in Brentford. The team is led by Henley Halebrown and we are very excited to be part of this examplar residential scheme.

KLA wins Victoria Street Greening Project

01 March 2021

We are delighted to annouce we have been appointed by Westminster City Council to lead an ambitious project to set out a strategic environmental vision for Victoria.

Working from Home

27 May 2020

We hope you are all staying safe during these uncertain times. Following government advice, all our employees have been working from home. We are set up for remote working and will be fully operational during this period. Please use email as the primary means for getting in touch and calls/online meetings can be set up when required. If you urgently need to contact us, please call JJ on 07743743797
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Dezeen Article about Southwark Park Pavillion

25 February 2020

An article in Dezeen details the pavillion by Bell Phillips, linking it the landscape and wider masterplan done by KLA. We are delighted an article has been written about the beautiful pavilion, highlighting the connection between building, landscape and history. Article can be found here.

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Walthamstow Wetlands wins Landscape Institute Award 2019

28 November 2019

We are so pleased to announce that Walthamstow Wetlands has won an award in the 'Adding Value Through Landscape' category. See more information here.

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A Hidden Treasure on Penge High Street

25 September 2019

Our bespoke wooden furniture has now been completed on Penge High Street. The local area has a cultural entertainment heritage and a history of markets. Its architectural character and historic landmarks contribute to a clearly defined high street with a series of public spaces in need of rejuvenation. KLA identified a number of hidden treasures to be celebrated in the context of public realm improvements and this is the first to be delivered.
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Revisiting Normand Park

25 September 2019

KLA visited Normand Park Community Gardens over 11 years on since they were completed. The gardens still have an active and enthusiastic community group who run the gardens and meet weekly to maintain them and grow fruit and vegetables. This is an excellent example of the positive change community gardens can bring to an area and illustrates the importance of bringing the community with you through the whole design process.
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Ryde Nicholson Submitted for Planning

06 September 2019

The proposal in Ryde Nicholson, the Isle of Wight, has been submitted for planning. The project delivers a new vision for a new ecologically driven business park. KLA was a part of a multidiscplinary team to produce a design code and submit the first phase of the scheme for planning.
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Design Council Writes Story About Walthamstow Wetlands

04 September 2019

We are so pleased that the Design Council has written about Walthamstow Wetlands in their series 'Better Places'.

In the piece personal stories and experiences of people at the Wetlands have been beautifully told. Connecting these stories to the work that we do at KLA has been fantastic as the article highlights our project goals to connect communities, individuals and the environment.

Cafe at Crystal Palace Park Opens

03 September 2019

The new Café at Crystal Palace park is now open! This is the final project in a suite of park improvements that KLA have led. The sighting and orientation of the new park café directly responded to Paxton’s ambition. The cafe’s setting was rigorously explored in terms of the central axis and sight lines to other elements in the park, particularly the existing dinosaurs. The new cafe will support the ongoing conservation of the unique dinosaur models and geological illustrations
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Southwark Park Pavillion Completed

13 August 2019

The new Pavilion at Southwark Park has now been completed! KLA delivered the public realm which is the cohesive element that unites the space between the existing Gallery and the new building, acting as an important site of movement and exchange.

KLA Are Hiring!

22 February 2019

We are looking for creative and committed staff to join us at senior level (4 years + post CMLI / RIBA part 3) and at a Landscape Architectural Assistant Level (graduate / graduate plus 1). For details visit
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Walthamstow Wetlands selected as a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Winner

18 December 2018

We are delighted that Walthamstow Wetlands has been selected as a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Winner. The nature conservation value, industrial heritage, operational functionality and distinctive landscape character of Walthamstow Reservoirs is unique for London.
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KLA presents design in Russia

02 November 2018

KLA's Ben Smith has been in Voronezh presenting our concept for the new Voronezh Central Park, as part of an international competition the Urban Institute is running.

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Walthamstow Wetlands is a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist

01 November 2018

We are delighted that Walthamstow Wetlands has been chosen as a 2019 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist. Winning schemes will be presented with their Civic Trust Award or Commendation at the 60th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony in March. Fingers crossed!

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Tottenham Hale Green and Open Spaces Strategy wins award

12 October 2018

We are delighted to have won Best Conceptual Project at the Haringey Design Awards for the Tottenham Hale Green and Open Spaces Strategy which was adopted by the council as a SPD. More information here.

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Walthamstow Wetlands shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards

21 September 2018

We are delighted that Walthamstow Wetlands has been shortlisted for a BCI award for Carbon Reduction Initiative of the Year. This was due to its Reed bed creation and dredging scheme.

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Walthamstow Wetlands wins Steel Award

01 September 2018

Walthamstow Wetlands has won a Merit at the Steel awards. Judges said the "the team has successfully given a nod to the former industrial heritage of the building through the use of steel in many manifestations to highlight wayfinding and new interventions throughout this sensitive conversion."

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Walthamstow Wetlands Wins RIBA National Award

21 June 2018

We are delighted that Walthamstow Wetlands has won an RIBA National Award. See more info here..

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Walthamstow Wetlands Wins Planning Award

07 June 2018

We are delighted that Walthamstow Wetlands has won the Award for best use of heritage in placemaking at the Planning Awards.

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CMLI Success

01 June 2018

KLA are delighted to announce that two members of staff, Hannah Shaw and JJ Watters, have become Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI) today. KLA support their staff through the Pathway to Chartership by covering exam and membership costs and providing mentors within the organisation.
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Brasted Close submitted to planning

15 May 2018

We are excited that planning has been submitted to Lewisham by LondonCLT for their first development of 100% permanently affordable housing beside Brasted Close.

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Crystal Palace Park cafe now on site

01 May 2018

The new Cafe at Crystal Palace Park in now on site. The new orientation of the building and terrace has an orthogonal relationship with the central axis which reconnects the cafe to the fundamental park layout from Paxton’s original design.
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Tower Hamlets Town Hall granted planning consent

01 March 2018

London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Strategic Development Committee has granted planning permission for the council’s new civic centre in Whitechapel.
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KLA Selected for Lots 1 and 3 on the Architecture Design Urbanism Panel for TFL

28 February 2018

We are delighted to have been selected for TFL/GLAs Architecture Design Urbanism Panel in both Lot 1 - Urban Strategies, Spatial Policy and Research and Lot 3 - Public Realm and Landscape.
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Crystal Palace Skatepark Opens

01 February 2018

The new wheeled sports facility in Crystal Palace Park is now open to the public.
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Walthamstow Wetlands Opens to the Public

30 November 2017

After 150 years of relative isolation Walthamstow Wetlands opens its doors to free access to the general public for the first time.
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From city centres to channel tides

09 December 2016

Join us at the Building Centre for From city centre to channel tides. Lynn Kinnear presents Brentford High Street 'making the connection' during an evening that celebrates the very best of the landscape profession. 

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Making connections at LI Awards

05 December 2016

Brentford High Street 'making the connection' scheme praised at 2016 Landscape Institute awards ceromony.

Southwark Park pavilion

22 November 2016

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Construction is due to commence in February 2017 for Bell Phillips' designed Southwark Park pavilion. As landscape architects, KLA povided a unifying surface, connecting the pavillion to its surroundings. 

KLA is also commissioned to design Southwark Park, Old Nursery Site to enable site access for local community and school groups.

Planting Day at Leyton Jubilee Park

01 November 2016

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London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and London Borough of Waltham Forest councillor, Chris Robbins, join local school groups for a planting day at Leyton Jubilee Park.

KLA have been commissioned to design this urban woodland and to prepare a management plan as the park works towards Green Flag nomination in 2017. 

Join in the next two planting days on 30th November and 3rd December as part of National Tree Week.


Open House London

24 August 2016

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Brentford High Street 'making the connection' is part of this year's Open House London. Join us for a guided walk exploring Brentford links and the newly configured public realm.

Iguanodon at Crystal Palace Park

12 August 2016

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Restoration of the Iguanodon at Crystal Palace Park.

Sphinxes at Crystal Palace Park

03 August 2016

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The sphinxes are painted terracotta red during restoration works for Crystal Palace Park improvement scheme.

A journey and a destination: how to make living streets

19 July 2016

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Lynn Kinnear discusses Urban Curation with Sue Ball of MAAP at The Building Centre as part of Re/making the Street programme for the London Festival of Architecture.

urban mending

01 June 2016

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Brentford High Street 'making the connection' is featured in Summer 2016 issue of Landscape Journal

Whitechapel Civic Centre

20 May 2016

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KLA has been appointed as landscape architects for the new Whitechapel Civic Centre. AHMM are leading this ambitious project on the site of grade II listed 18th century Royal London Hospital. The existing relationship between this historic facade and wider Whitechapel High Street will inform new public spaces. 

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The Royal Parks Framework

04 April 2016

KLA has been appointed to The Royal Parks, Landscape Architect Services 2016 Framework.

Career Opportunities

04 December 2015

KLA are seeking talented and committed individuals who are interested in joining our growing small practice to take the practice forward. 

We are looking to fill two posts : 

Graduate up to Pathway qualified

Senior/Associate level Landscape Architect/Urban Designer. Senior staff who may also be interested in a leading role in the practice’s future should also apply. 

KLA are currently delivering a varied portfolio of projects that include educational, ecological and urban open space, masterplanning and civic realm with an emphasis on arts and community. The practice is also leading some large complex London wide projects such as Walthamstow Wetlands, Tottenham Hale Green and Open Spaces Strategy and Crystal Palace Park, working with a wide group of specialists to deliver landscape focussed regeneration. 

To apply please email your CV and portfolio to by 8th January 2016.

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KLA wins two Landscape Institute Awards for Brentford High Street 'making the connection', the 2015 Urban Design and Masterplanning Award and the most prestigious award, the 2015 President's Award.


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Burntwood School wins 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize

16 October 2015

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"Simply put, Burntwood outshone its competitors on the shortlist because of the sheer range of architectural skills put to good use. The reuse of existing buildings, the clever artwork and signage strategy, the sculptural quality of the facades, the smart prefabrication approach, the low-energy design, the integration with landscape, the close collaboration with the headteacher: it’s no cliché to say Burntwood is a genuine tour de force. The decision was unanimous too." Rory Olcayto, RIBA Stirling Prize juror

Brentford High Street 'making the connection' is shortlisted for a Landscape Institute Award

15 October 2015

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We are delighted to announce Brentford High Street 'making the connection' has been shortlisted for a 2015 Landscape Institute award for Urban Design and Masterplanning.

Burntwood School shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

16 July 2015

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KLA is thrilled that Burntwood School has been shortlisted as one of six projects for RIBA's 2015 Stirling Prize.

All London Green Grid

01 July 2015

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Landscape Institute features All London Green Grid as a case study.


Walthamstow Wetlands

24 June 2015

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Walthamstow Wetlands is well underway with signage carefully installed on site.

RIBA National Award for Burntwood School

18 June 2015

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Burntwood School wins a RIBA National Award. Principal, Helen Dorfman, discusses a shared vision and the the power of collaboration and teamwork.

Mirror signage at Drapers Field

14 May 2015

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Drapers Field pavillion becomes a sign, attracting more visitors to the park from High Road Leyton.

KLA at the 2015 Civic Trust Awards

12 March 2015

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It was an successful evening for KLA at the 2015 Civic Trust Awards. KLA was awarded a commendation for Brentford High Street and an award for Burntwood School in collaboration with AHMM.

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KLA is excited to be leading Tottenham Hale Green and Open Spaces Strategy in collaboration with Witherford Watson Mann, Jane Wernick Associates and Alan Baxter. This project seeks to change the balance from car to cycle and highlight Tottenham Hale's distinct riverine identity.

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Walthamstow Wetlands on site

27 February 2015

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Contract 1 and 3 are currently on site at Walthawstow Wetlands. A new pedestrian and cycle pathway will enable visitors to enjoy and learn about the site’s rich biodiversity and it's importance as a historic operational landscape that supplies drinking water to London.

Civic Trust Award for Brentford High Street

02 January 2015

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Brentford High Street 'making the connection' receives a Civic Trust Award 2015.

KLA lead a diverse team including a number of artists and designers to respond to London Borough of Hownslow's vision to ‘make the connection’ with placemaking at the heart of these Brentford projects.

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KLA is delighted that Drapers Field has been Highly Commended in the 2014 WAN Landscape Award, for its well thought out planning and usage.

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playful urban realm

26 November 2014

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Part of the idea of the playful urban realm is the use of intrinsically playful objects which, without clear function or ownership, encourage social interaction and community cohesion through play. Great to see the waves at Drapers Field do just that:

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Graduate opportunity

21 November 2014

We are seeking a graduate landscape architect to join our team, to work on a variety of projects with emphasis on good design, arts and community.

To make an application please email a CV and examples of work to emma(at) 

Crystal Palace Park

20 November 2014

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KLA is excited to announce its appointment to lead the Crystal Palace Park Improvement Scheme in collaboration with The Morton Partnership and Chris Dyson Architects.

This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together our knowledge and commitment to public space with an experienced team to deliver the preservation of an outstanding historic and strategic landscape for London’s current and future generations.

Drapers Field - Leyton beach

09 July 2014

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A new park that makes the link between the Olympic Park and Olympic Fringe areas of Leyton has just been opened. This beach–like, wavy space uses low water quantities to create water jets and channels.

Key project goals were to create intergenerational play based urban realm and a playful walk to school from Leyton to the Olympic Village.

Prague Exhibition

03 July 2014

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KLA are participating in the Landscape – City – Public Space / Guerilla – Industrial – Festival taking place in Prague. We are exhibiting our project, Normand Park as part the EUNIC outdoor exhibition at the abandoned Zizkov freight railway station, a rare example of industrial functionalist architecture.

Brentford High Street - Sheds complete

27 June 2014

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This ambitious project to revitalise the canal side sheds on Brunel's listed canal side in Brentford is complete. The sheds project supports an important link between Brentford High Street and the Great West Road.

Walthamstow Wetlands Planning permission granted

20 June 2014

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Planning permission is now in place – the project is a step closer to opening up this key missing link, connecting up the green spaces of the Lea Valley. The Walthamstow Wetland project focuses on opening this 200 ha site which is a SSSI, SPA and RAMSAR to wider public access, allowing visitors to enjoy and learn about the site’s distinctive built and natural heritage, which is unique in London.

Brentford High St - Market Place on site

20 June 2014

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The new market place is currently in construction as the central element of the ‘making the connection’ project to revitalise Brentford High Street. The project also kick starts a new bike centric economy on the High Street through creation of Brentford Bikes a cargo bike initiative for local businesses. Brentford Works has also been opened in an empty shop to bring a more diverse type of start up business to the High Street. Bringing placemaking to the fore, the project integrates public art into the fabric of the street.

Design Museum Holon

16 April 2014

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On April 16th, the Design Museum Holon in Israel hosts the exhibition ‘Playing’

KLA’s school playground project Daubeney School Experimental Playground is featured as one of the recent design developments in play. The exhibition traces the development of playgrounds – where they began, and how they evolved from public parks, through fenced areas, to adventure spaces.

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Walthamstow Wetlands planning application

11 April 2014

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KLA are lead consultants for Wetlands which is an SSSI, SPA and Ramsar site in the Lea Valley currently not open to the public. The challenge has been to open up this strategic open space and operate it as a nature reserve alongside Thames Water’s Operational reservoir landscape. Opening up this land will provide a key missing link to connecting the open spaces of the Lea Valley and extending the existing ecology of the marshlands.

KLA submitted the designs for planning last week – with a concerted approach from the entire project team including Architects Witherford Watson Mann. The Heritage Lottery Fund application has also been submitted by the client London Borough of Waltham Forest, supported by Kinnear Landscape Architects.

Civic Trust Award for Chobham Academy

10 March 2014

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Chobham Academy received the Civic Trust Award 2014, an award for high quality design and enhancement of the civic realm.

KLA designed the external spaces for this all age school with buildings by the Architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The project has achieved a great deal for the East London community, recognised within this year’s awards process as being part of the consistent theme of partnership, engagement and innovation.

Elephant and Castle Roundabout

27 February 2014

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KLA were shortlisted to the final three for the Elephant & Castle roundabout project, a key part of the new vision for Southwark. The project client is TfL, the GLA and the London Borough of Southwark.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard

26 February 2014

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KLA are appointed to work with Spacehub, Chris Dyson Architects and Studio Weave to design the Public Realm and Landscape for The Goodsyard, Shoreditch.

The project is a design collaboration for a unique urban landscape of historic, cultural and physical layers for a site which is local to the four practices involved.

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Brentford, Making the Connection - Market Place

25 February 2014

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The construction of the Market Place is due to start on site in March 2014. KLA’s public realm designs for the upgraded central square will support Brentford’s vibrant food market further raising the profile of Brentford High Street.

The Market Place is critical to the wider regeneration proposals for Brentford High Street, which focus on making connections and activating under-used routes between the High Street and wider networks.

Brentford, Making the Connection - Sheds

24 February 2014

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Other proposals currently on site in Brentford include the transformation of industrial warehouse sheds that overhang the towpath north of Brentford High Street. The replacement of corrugated steel cladding with timber fretwork, designed by artist Simon Periton in collaboration with KLA, will illuminate the strategic pedestrian and cycle route into Brentford from the north and provide a landmark event space.

Brentford, Making the Connection - Brentford Works

23 February 2014

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KLA are working with MAAP and The Decorators, who together have been instrumental in setting up Brentford Works, a space to help connect local people and businesses throughout the area.

Brentford Works occupies an empty shop on the corner of the Market Place and provides a space for local independent traders to operate from the heart of the High Street. It is also responding to the changing demands on the High Street, providing a destination for meeting and dwelling, as well as shopping. 



Brentford, Making the Connection - Brentford Bikes

22 February 2014

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Brentford Bikes is now up and running.  Brentford Bikes is a local initiative offering cargo bikes to local businesses to transport their services in the local area. The initiative is inspired by the strategic objectives of the regeneration proposals, to make connections within the local area. 

Walthamstow Wetlands

21 February 2014

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KLA are leading a team including Witherford Watson Mann Architects, producing a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for this new nature reserve which will be submitted in April 2014. With a rich history of industrial heritage, the project involves creating habitats for birds and other wildlife, and creating increased access to the existing operational reservoirs. The site has provided water for north London for over 150 years. The complex client team comprises of London Borough of Waltham Forest, Thames Water, GLA, the Environment Agency and Natural England. The visitor and wildlife centre will be operated by London Wildlife Trust, who also form part of the steering group.

Drapers Field

20 February 2014

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Currently on site, this new park in east London is the first ‘Stitching the Fringe’ project, integrating the new developments within the Olympic Park to existing communities. The site is adjacent to the Chobham Academy also designed by KLA, and uses design details to help bridge the gap between different project either side of the Olympic boundary.

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The new all age school in the Olympic site, the Chobham Academy has been shortlisted for the Civic Trust Awards and Commendations, due to be announced at the awards ceremony on 7 March 2014.  KLA designed the external spaces for the school using the theory of a no fence approach to separating ages within the playgrounds.

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Trees arrive at Drapers Field

14 January 2014

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New Willows, Scots pines and Silver birch arrive on the Drapers Field site on the fringe of the Olympic Park in east London. These key components of the design for this new park are being put into the ground this week.

College Green Croydon-Prototype Benches

20 August 2013

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KLA have designed bespoke furniture with design flexibility built to accommodate both seating and skating, whilst providing unique objects in the urban realm.

A steering group set up by KLA to review the proposals has been vital in development of the public realm and furniture designs. Production of furniture prototypes have now been installed on site for the steering group, client and members of the local community to test out.


College Green Croydon

20 August 2013

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Following KLA’s work on the public realm and landscape for the Fairfield Masterplan in Croydon, KLA have developed detailed public realm design for College Green. The 1960’s urban landscape has been characterised by it’s users; predominantly College students and Croydon’s well renowned Skateboarding community. The proposal is to deliver a huge in situ concrete space with high quality finishes to accommodate user’s needs.

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