David Lock Associates (DLA) is a unique town planning consultancy and urban design consultancy, proud of its origins in the contemporary and internationally acclaimed ‘new city’ of Milton Keynes.

Founded by David Lock in 1988, DLA has grown as a consequence of its dynamic team, outstanding thought leadership and the delivery of bold and innovative solutions for urban development.

Our 60 strong professional team aims to work alongside our clients to plan and design the best places to live, work and invest. We lead multi-disciplinary teams and provide private and public sector clients with services in town planning, urban design and master planning, regeneration, development delivery and infrastructure planning.

Our reputation for defining opportunities, challenging conventional approaches to planning and design, and securing some of the UK’s most innovative and pioneering urban development projects have cemented our position as one of the UK’s most respected town planning and urban design companies.

The focus of our day-to-day activity is on the housing and development that is needed to achieve economic prosperity and a ‘just’ society. DLA is at the forefront of designing and planning for the regeneration of existing communities and the delivery of new settlements and urban extensions incorporating the highest possible standards of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Our commercial and employment projects range from landmark office accommodation as part of mixed-use schemes, the development and regeneration of industrial areas, redevelopment of town centres for shopping, leisure and employment and major distribution and logistics parks.

Our Team is recruited on talent and personal attitude in the sound belief that confident, creative and well-informed individuals can best meet our clients’ needs. We invest heavily in developing the skills and experience of our staff, whilst at the same time fostering a friendly, approachable and inclusive style of working.

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The DLA family of companies

Our family of companies extend our skill set and our international influence.

DLA Architects Practice Ltd. Located in our offices in Milton Keynes and on hand to advise and work alongside us on detailed architectural projects.

Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. Located in our offices in Milton Keynes, also with offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, London and Manila, reflects our commitment to the integration of land use and transport planning.

David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd. With offices in Melbourne and Sydney, building on our company’s long-standing reputation in Australia and Asia.

David Lock Associates Nordic. Bringing our expertise in strategic-scale master planning to major projects across Scandinavia.

Supporting communities

DLA is proud to support the work of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation http://www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk/ and we have our own endowment fund.


We are patrons of the Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery Company, which is chaired by our own Company Chair, Will Cousins.