Battersea Park East, London

Battersea Exchange is emerging as a mixed-use quarter to the western edge of the Vauxhall/Nine Elms/Battersea Opportunity Area, connecting new and traditional neighbourhoods. Residential development is complemented by education, leisure and small retail use alongside space for new and existing businesses to re-establish the area as a thriving working community.

Sandwiched between two busy main roads, bisected by two overhead rail lines and consuming the footprint of an existing primary school, this ‘invisible site’ is a masterpiece in land assembly.

A sequence of routes link the two railway stations, open up east-west links across the site and find their focus in a new public square. Integrated tree, planting and seating are used throughout the tight, mews-like streets and spaces, and the roofscape is heavily occupied with communal terraces, school play areas and biodiverse roofs to make best use of the confined site.

Sugar House Island, London

Situated on a triangle of former industrial land south of the High Street, Stratford, bounded to the west by the River Lee Navigation and to the east by the Three Mills Wall River, lies a 26 acre site that will soon be transformed into a exciting new neighbourhood. Proposals include 1,200 new homes, 58,000sq m of commercial workspaces, a 350 bed hotel, and ground floor retail, all placed within an exceptional and memorable landscape setting.

The landscape and public realm masterplan has been in development for 2 years. The design draws on the site’s industrial heritage stretching back centuries, as well as taking inspiration from an integrated and creative approach to the management of site-wide constraints such as levels, attenuation, drainage, utilities and vehicular movements.

A true collaboration between the masterplanning architects, numerous building architects, London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council has ensured that the client’s aspirations and vision for the site will be achieved; creating a benchmark for large-scale developments in the area.

The public realm is the unifying element and will be the place where residents and surrounding communities can come together and share conversations in the streets, squares and riverside park. A robust and intelligent up-front design approach to the public realm will help it to become a destination in its own right and ensure that it has a long-term sustainable future that benefits the wider area.

NOMA, Manchester

A hidden space at the heart of The Co-operative Group’s expansive estate has been transformed into a vibrant new city square at the heart of Manchester, along with the streets that connect it to the city’s core.

Opening up the listed estate reinforces wider routes across the city centre whilst drawing people to gather and dwell within animated streetscapes and new destination spaces.

Designs build on the character infused by the surrounding historic architecture whilst introducing bespoke granite and cast bronze street furniture to create a unique artisan identity. Basements of the buildings flanking the square are revealed to create new opportunities for shops, cafes and restaurants to activate this mixed-use urban neighbourhood. A resilient central flexible events space, named Sadler’s Yard, responds to changing activity patterns and surrounding uses, bringing culture and entertainment back to the core of the NOMA masterplan.

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