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Du Cane Court – Was it saved from bombing during the Blitz?

Hitler ordered Art Deco block of flats to be spared from his Blitz bombing raids on London as he wanted to use it as his UK HQ if he won WWII.

  • Du Cane Court in Balham, south London, survived the devastation of the Blitz
  • Locals claim the site was earmarked by the Nazi leader as a British HQ
Du Cane Court, in Balham, south London, survived unscathed from the Nazis’ bombing offensive against Britain in 1940 and 1941 despite surrounding buildings in the capital suffering obliteration.

Read more about the wonderful building.

Du Cane Court Landscape Masterplan

Marconi Site, Chelmsford

The Marconi Evolution site is of great historic interest as it is former home to the iconic Marconi works – the first wireless factory in the world and headquarters to one of the founding fathers of radio, Guglielmo Marconi. A sympathetic approach was taken for the redevelopment of the site which included the creation of stylish, modern homes, each finished to a quality specification; landscaped public spaces, cycleways and gardens for the enjoyment of residents.

Liz Lake Associates said: “Our main objective was to provide an attractive and functional space. A paved diagonal link provided a new direct pedestrian and cycle route through the site linking the train station in the south west with Anglia Ruskin University and New Street to the north east. This link ensures the area is more connected than it has been for some time, thus making this area more accessible for pedestrians who use this part of the city.”

The landscape architects wanted to draw on the history of the site in a creative sense, ensuring it contained Guglielmo Marconi as part of its identity whilst putting a modern spin on it for residents. LLA commented: “Our landscape proposals in part followed the concept of radio signals interpreted on site using a wavy blue line in the hard landscape and transmission nodes represented through blue ‘explosions’ where radio waves meet. It was important to remind site users of the historical importance of radio to this site and its offering to the world – our hard landscape design offers a suggestion of this.”

Paving was the ideal hard landscaping choice. By using a combination of laying patterns and colour you can help site users interpret the landscape, showing people where to walk and which way to go as well as ensuring cars remain in their intended areas and park in designated locations.

Marconi Chelmsford, Hard Landscape

See our involvement in the project here

Rooftop Playgrounds

Rooftop gardens are an increasingly familiar feature of new developments as developers respond to growing urban density. With more and more of them including outdoor play areas…

Featured in the recent Physical Activity Facilities magazine, Caxton Works is a 2.2 acre mixed-use redevelopment that has regenerated the former Goswell Bakeries building in Canning Town.

Caxton_Works_Rooftop_play

LLA used the Russell Play Silhouette range as it complemented the design of the buildings. The units provide ample opportunities for physical activity from climbing, balancing and swinging to hanging and sliding.

More about the Caxton Works project

Russell Plays website can be found here this contains further information on there products.

Bushey Show Home Design

Working with Crest Sales Office LLA and Oakview Landscapes

Liz Lake Associates, helped to design and implement this high quality and stylish sales suite on time and to budget.

Bushey Show Home

Utilising a mixture of evergreen shrubs, herbaceous plants and feature trees the sales area has become a main focus to the overall scheme in Bushey, Herts.

Crest’s website

Bard Hill, New Eltham

Liz Lake Associates are working on detailed areas of the redevelopment of the disused Bardhill Sports Ground, off Footscray Road in New Eltham, to deliver sports pitches, a community building, school/community garden and associated parking and landscaping.

Bard Hill, New Eltham

The 3.5-hectare Bardhill application site, at New Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, was formerly used as a private sports ground. It ceased being used in 1999 and had since become overgrown and neglected.

Du Cane Court, Balham – Concept design progress

Du Cane Court is an Art Deco apartment block in London. Opened in 1937 and, with 676 apartments, is the largest privately owned block of flats under one roof in Europe. Liz Lake Associates have been tasked with improving the setting and outlook for residents and visitors alike. Currently at the design concept stage we have prepared a number of drawings for review.

Du Cane Court Landscape Masterplan

Described as a magnificent and up-to-date building providing distinctive living accommodation. Original rentals ranged from £60 to £200 per annum! We have unearthed a gem of a booklet that details living accommodation at Du Cane Court which must have been produced prior to its opening in 1937.

Du Cane Court Dining

There are some wonderful art deco influenced sketches and detailing in this booklet which can be viewed here.

Du Cane Court Cover

Planning permission awarded…

We were pleased to learn that Madingley Road, Cambridge went through Committee.

We were asked to complete a Landscape Visual Appraisal that included visualisations to demonstrate how mitigation would be applied to minimise impact of the development.

Read more about our involvement in the project here.

Madingley_Road_Cambridge

Rail to Trail projects

A while ago we blogged about the rather wonderful “High Line” in New York, USA. Read that blog Here

Now it appears there are a succession of similar regeneration projects appearing across the US.

De Zeen has a wonderful article here that showcases other wonderful and similar projects.

High Line, New York

 

The Roman Circus

Located on the site of the former Colchester Garrison, Arena Place offers a unique collection of homes, including new-build and carefully-refurbished properties within the former military buildings. This prestigious development is steeped in history following the discovery of the remains of Britain’s only known Roman Circus on the site.

Arena_Place_Colchester

You can read more about our involvement in the project here

We also worked on previous stages at the site of the former garrison, see that information here