Services

Architecture, urban design and interiors

As a practice we have a reputation for high quality, well considered design. We believe that good quality design adds value to developers and users alike and is something we strive to realise in all our work. We take an urban design approach to all our schemes striving for proposals that are both aspirational and complimentary to their surroundings. We specialize in high density schemes that place as much emphasis upon the design of the public and private realm as the architecture of the buildings themselves.

I have known KCA to be innovative, flexible, and committed to good design; MGHA greatly value KCA as one of their key framework architectural practices.Andrew Seddon, Development Director Mount Green Housing Association
The development was chosen to be the winner of the Activ in Architecture competition. Judges described it as “a distinct and different design solution”. The design… has earned the architects praise from many quarters, including the Borough of Islington’s planning department, who applauded it as a high quality contextual response to the setting.RIBA Journal

Planning

The process of securing planning consent has become increasingly complex and challenging. KCA provide planning advice at appraisal stage, develop a planning strategy for each project, manage and coordinate all consultant inputs, act as agent and actively manage the applications process. Recognising it as the critical first step in any development project, over the years KCA have developed a consistently successful approach to achieving the best possible planning permission for our clients.

KCA have always provided a responsive service and have successfully secured a number of planning consents for us.Ranvir Bairwal, Assistant Development Director, Circle Anglia
Well done for securing an excellent planning consent on a difficult site, this will be a great scheme for MGHA.Andrew Seddon, Development Director Mount Green Housing Association

Project management

KCA provides leadership and management for all stages of the development process to a number of investors, land owners and developers. Over the years we have assembled a team of expert consultants to cover all project aspects from site sourcing and feasibility, planning and multi-disciplinary design inputs, through to final disposal.

We are very pleased to have secured consent for this great scheme on a site which had a history of refusals. KCA have done an excellent job in leading the team and overcoming the many challenges we faced along the way.Oleg Chulkov, Sander Estates
KCA have been the lead consultant in the design of Albion Quayside, a complex regeneration scheme within the Thames Gateway. They have been proactive in addressing and resolving a number of key issues with various stakeholders and have steadily built support for the proposals.Jason Binns, Barratt/Feabrex

Consultation and community engagement

Planning outcomes are undoubtedly influenced by the social, economic and political forces that are present locally. KCA understand the importance of understanding, responding to and where possible managing these influences. As a practice we are happy to lead and facilitate the consultation process in house or to work closely with specialist consultants to achieve these aims.

Well done KCA – great result! It’s been a long road but to win the unanimous support of the committee, and to have two speakers in favour on the night, is a real achievement. Thanks for leading the team up to this point.Conrad Birch, on behalf of Feabrex Ltd
KCA have successfully obtained detailed planning consents for various housing schemes we have promoted in Mole Valley. Having been involved from the outset with feasibility studies through to a series of resident and community consultation events for each scheme, KCA have provided an efficient, professional service throughout. Their involvement and negotiations with the local planning authority on a range of issues has been fundamental to the success of the consents achieved.Paul Hicks, Regional Development Director, Circle Housing