Practice News 2018

2nd November 2018 – Planning Granted for Modern Family Home in the London Borough of Enfield

For many years Douglas and King have been promoting the development of left over and backland sites, particularly between large gardens, thoughout London. Many schemes were met with resistance from local councils planning policy as they were seen as Garden Grab or over development.

This project is one of many new Douglas and King homes that have been granted planning consent against council policy as a result of our ability to prove that a good quality design response can provide good quality homes with a minimum impact on the urban environment.

The new 2018 London Plan, published recently as a draft, by Mayor Sadiq Kahn promotes the development of suburban backland sites, something that has for many years been resisted as it is seen as Garden Grab. Out associated blog ‘Garden Grabbing Development’ explains how suburban backland developments, if properly considered and sensitively designed, can go a long way to providing much-needed family housing.

The charred timber clad building is arranged around a subterranean courtyard with open plan accommodation on two levels.

The planning consent was granted unanimously with the conservation officer complimenting DAK on the high-quality design response.

10th August 2018 – ‘First Look’ Housing Development in Essex

Douglas and King have been engaged to deliver a number of large housing schemes in South East England. The Image here is a first look of the site plan for 100 new homes to be built on the edge of an Essex Town.

The masterplan is arranged in clusters to separate parking and pedestrian circulation and to encourage a successful 21st century neighbourhood through placemaking.

For more information on this project and our approach to creating successful neighbourhoods take a look at our Blog on the importance of ‘Placemaking’ and a social agenda in private sector housing developments.

5th July 2018 – Old Street Masterplan Granted Planning Permission


Douglas and King’s Master Plan and Urban Design Framework for a triangular island site, Reitman Yard, bordered by Great Eastern Street (north), Singer Street (west), and Tabernacle Street (south-east) has been granted planning permission by Hackney Council.

The project is a comprehensive development of an island site on Old Street. It is located on the route between Old Street Station and Shoreditch, a key public node that marks the boundary of Hackney and Islington, and the entry into Shoreditch. It is a space that has been neglected over the years and has the opportunity for a key development

The goals of the Master Plan are to enhance the historic fabric of Shoreditch, to express through architecture and conservation the area’s rich history, to mirror the multiplicity of its inhabitants and to protect this Triangle from the commercial hub that is centered around the Old Street

The site is divided into three building blocks, each of which reflects the diverse urban influences on the site: Titchfield House responds to the Shoreditch Warehouses to the South of the site and its immediate neighbours on Tabernacle Street. It is a robust brick building with a refined and well-proportioned grid of windows and a set back top floor – mirroring the proportions of the buildings opposite.

21st June 2018 – New-build Housing Projects Coming on Stream.

Douglas and King are delighted to announce recent appointments to deliver new- build housing projects in London and SE England.

Building upon a continuing high-level performance in planning victories we are now designing a residential estate of 120 dwellings near Tilbury, 10 spacious contemporary family homes in Hertfordshire and are in the process of delivering 10 new homes on back land sites within the M25.

Our design-led approach and planning successes arise from a fully considered place-making strategy and the authenticity of the developments to create sustainable communities whilst simultaneously ensuring that they are viable and workable for our clients.

The images below are of the initial site visit of the senior architects together with our immediate response to the possibilities from a different site.

10th March 2018 – New Private House on a Back-land Site in Barnet

The 5th in a series of new homes to be built on neighbouring back-land sites in the London Borough of Barnet has been granted Planning Permission.

Project managed by DAK, the design-led dwellings are receiving praise from the local authority who are championing the need for additional homes within the
borough providing they offer design quality and a contextual response to their back-land location.

20th February 2018 – DAK Appointed for a Residential Development in Whetstone

Douglas and King have been appointed to design and deliver a new residential development comprising a mix of houses and apartments in Whetstone.

The practice is working for one of London’s most forward-thinking asset managers and currently, we are negotiating with the Local Planning authority to achieve Full Planning Approval in the summer of 2018.

We are working in collaboration with Strutt and Parker’s new planning consultancy following their recent merger with BNP Paribas.

19th January 2018 – Planning Granted for Contemporary Wandsworth Home

New dwelling on a backland site off Garrett Lane, Wandsworth granted planning against all odds. This is going to be a good one! More to follow…

6th January 2018 – Planning Submitted for New House in Enfield

This project creates a new home for one of our oldest and most loyal clients.