In recent years LLA has built up experience of appraisals and masterplanning principally relating to schools estates but with transferable skills to other sectors, typically with the objective of rationalising and assessing options for new build, remodelling and extensions to existing buildings and estates.

We place great emphasis on examining the constraints and opportunities surrounding different options for development where discrete, sometimes relatively inexpensive solutions can unlock hidden potential or capacity.

Rather than approaching building regeneration piecemeal where often the placement of a new building or extension can restrict future development plans, we work with clients to consider a wide range of options and develop a robust, long term planning strategy which points to where best value will be achieved as funding becomes available.

Great importance is placed on the value of external spaces as an asset for both play and as a learning resource. A masterplan will typically integrate external and internal spaces, transforming and bringing added value from unresolved, under used, or ‘left-over’ spaces to provide holistic vision for the school in combination with it’s role as a resource for the wider community.

Key services include:

• Strategic review of site wide building assets to provide a long term basis to inform local spending priorities, options for development plans that allows for future expansion so as to avoid curtailing future growth by incorrect placement of extensions and/or new buildings. Integration of external spaces, adding value from unresolved, under used or ‘left-over’ spaces.

• Appraisals of the condition of existing and listed buildings understanding their characteristics, constraints and opportunities to establish best value in meeting the need for high quality, flexible, attractive environments able to provide state-of-the-art learning spaces and that meet the technical and legislative requirements of the 21st Century.

• Sustainable solutions within the constraints of existing, sometimes listed buildings promoting the application of ‘passive’ design principles as a first step before reliance on overly technical (and potentially expensive) solutions.

• Full architectural and design services including planning and listed building applications, procurement and contract administration monitoring quality, cost and the contractor’s programme during the construction phase of a project. Our expertise includes projects in listed or sensitive settings and we are developing a reputation for the intelligent and creative restructuring and re-use of existing buildings.