Regeneration and Placemaking in London
REGENERATION AND PLACEMAKING
Regeneration and Placemaking projects are usually major, long term proposals often in a politically charged setting. For these projects, clear, strategic thinking is essential, along with a willingness to collaborate with a range of experts. We realise that engagement with the many interested parties, from local communities to politicians, demands the use of appropriate communications to ensure a clear message is sent out.
KSR has developed a strategy for going beyond Placemaking within the public realm to create a healthy and positive total experience which we refer to as Curating Places. We start by questioning WHY: why is something is important within a locality, why is change being driven, why do people react in a particular way? Once these questions have been considered and the profound demands and desires understood, we can consider HOW to respond and only then contemplate WHAT the product will be.
The key therefore is understanding people and their interactions with the physical environment around them. With careful curating, a great place can become a great experience and takes masterplanning and urban design beyond being a purely functional response
We offer regeneration and placemaking in St John’s Wood, Maida Vale, Hampstead, Chelsea, Kensington and surrounding London areas.
OUR REGENERATION AND PLACEMAKING PORTFOLIO
A semi-derelict site in Southwark was given a new lease of life by KSR, creating a new community and new routes for this undervalued area. The development site was given a personality by calling it Ruby Triangle, referring back to the history of the area. The highly complex site composition and political nature of the proposals demanded extensive public consultations and detailed negotiations with Southwark Council.
KSR obtained planning permission for a 13 storey mixed use development spanning two Conservation Areas behind King’s Cross, and forming the gateway to the emerging Camley Street Regeneration Area. As part of a large regeneration scheme, the design was progressed collaboratively with the architects for adjacent sites. KSRs 3D printer was a vital tool in visually expressing the complexity of the scheme within the developing context. The development won the New London Architecture Award 2015 for Best Unbuilt Mixed Use development, and was shortlisted for the Mayors Prize.
For the last 10 years we have been working on a masterplan for a new prestigious community on a 200Ha site to the west of Moscow, Russia complete with houses, school and the commercial Razdory Village. We have prepared design codes in order to control the spirit of the development and create a number of village-like neighbourhoods. By working closely with the landscape architects we have ensured that the scheme is permeable, child-friendly and connected with nature.