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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.


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.


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.


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

ARM Campus, Cambridge – Update


With the main building really taking shape, Kier are reaching the point in their timetable to begin external works. The Entrance Plaza will be the showpiece of the design. Approximately 50% of the area seen in the photo above being planted with a formal planting design to compliment the building and the other 50% to be hard landscaped, providing a directional link between the entrance and the new car park opposite. In addition to this, a runnel will extend along the length of the façade which will contain water in times of heavy rainfall.


The image showing the northern façade of the building shows how large this project is. The Estate Road will be lined with trees and flanked by meadow. Thus far this road is used for construction traffic and will be until the end of the build. This road will have a drop off area and disabled parking bays. There will also be large swales that will store water so that excess rainfall doesn’t place added pressure on existing storm water drainage. In fact there are a range of SuDS features, designed by Rambolls, used across the site.

The external works will begin in earnest over the following month. Keep an eye on our news page for more updates.

You can see our involvement in the project in further detail here