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Leeds: Holbeck Urban Village

  • Location : Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Client : SJS Property Management
  • Site Area : City Centre
Key Proposals:

Preparation of a regeneration framework for an important part of Holbeck, immediately south of Leeds City Centre. Mixed use urban quarter intended to provide around 875,000sq ft of sustainable city living and employment opportunities, supported by complementary leisure, cultural and retail uses including reuse of Grade 1 listed industrial building – the Temple Works.


DLA took the lead role in designing and managing the project, preparing both the regeneration framework and the planning applications flowing from that framework. Outline planning permission was secured for around 830 dwellings and for substantial employment and complementary uses and permission was also obtained for the use of Temple Works itself as a multi-purpose performance, exhibition and events venue.

Portrait And Wint“Working with significant heritage assets in a major regeneration area was a key challenge to bringing forward comprehensive and ambitious proposals in Holbeck.”

Andrew Wintersgill, Partner


Durham City Vision

  • Location : City Centre
  • Client : Development Framework
  • Site Area : City Centre
Key Proposals:

DLA lead a multi-disciplinary team of consultants to prepare a Vision and Development Framework for Durham city centre. We undertook a detailed audit of potential development sites in and around the city. Extensive community engagement underpinned the development of the Vision and master plan. The completed master plan has fed into Durham City Council’s Area Action Plan.


The Vision is centred on a master plan and public realm strategy, with particular emphasis on exploiting the potential of the River Wear. Where appropriate, planning, design guidance and design briefs have been prepared for key development sites around the city centre with many being taken forward and regenerated.

Portrait L Revill“In order to realise the full potential of the city centre, including the Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site, the master plan identifies positive roles for all the land and buildings not currently in intensive use, helping address increasing development pressure in a constrained, historic environment and introducing a vibrant mix of new uses.”

Lawrence Revill, Partner


Southampton’s City Renaissance

  • Location : Southampton, Hampshire
  • Client : Southampton City Council
  • Site Area : City Centre of Southampton
Key Proposals:

DLA led a high profile team of consultants on the project which involved engineers, architects and surveyors. The proposals looked at a wide range of issues from transportation, flood defences, the arrival at the rail station to revitalising the retail circuit. A key component was developing a public realm strategy with internationally recognised Gehl Architects.


A major focus of the master plan was to look at the low density retail area adjoining the Docks and significantly, how to reconnect the City with its waterfront, principally around Royal pier and Mayflower Park. An important feature of the final plan was the identification of VIP’s – Very Important Projects, those projects which would have impact and be critical in transforming the City Centre as it is today.

Portrait Steve H“Southampton is such a dynamic City to work in, it has great physical assets including two distinctive waterfronts. The process of working with the City Council and its stakeholders helped create a plan which harnessed the City’s full potential. The master plan is already having a positive effect on the City”.

Steve Haines, Partner