Project news

Following Up Post Occupancy

In early 2018 we decided to reach out & connect with the residents of homes that we have designed. Our aim was to learn about what aspects of our designs work well and what parts could be better and to feed these insights back into our design process to improve future homes we are currently working on.

We also saw this as an opportunity to explore first-hand the connection between the well-being of the residents and the functional aspects of their homes and the apartment schemes that they live in.

It has been very satisfying to close the loop, revisit the projects and get to know the residents a little by meeting them in their homes and given us a deeper appreciation of how design can directly contribute to increased resident well-being.   

The survey has, as hoped, yielded a number of valuable design insights in particular in the design of apartments for families.


East Bay Mill Planning Submitted

We recently submitted planning application for East Bay Mill in Colchester, Essex. Our proposal for Regent Land and Developments seeks to deliver 20 contemporary family dwellings, including the conversion of a former granary mill building that was severely fire damaged in 2015.

Family homes have generous living spaces, the designs include brick and weatherboard cladding and gardens and roof terraces that take advantage of the river side setting. The scheme opens up the riverside foot and cycle path along the River Cole, enhancing the river bank with landscaping.

The development's design responds to the historical context and will bring this derelict river side site back to life.

East Bay Mill
East Bay Mill
East Bay Mill

Montpelier Road Planning Permission

We have received detailed planning permission for our redevelopment scheme of Montpelier Road, a former care home in Ealing. Our service as a lead consultant for Sanctuary Homes will deliver 16 new homes with generous private amenity space. 

Lateral apartments provide large three bed family apartments with gardens on the lower level with all other homes in an optimal corner position on upper levels.

The scheme is designed to maximise onsite carbon savings and includes water tanks in the form of raised planters to attenuate rain water run off.

The site has been acquired by London and Quadrant Housing and will be one of the first schemes delivered as part of its Build London Partnership which intends to build 100,000 new homes on small sites in the next 10 years.


Gascoyne Road | Resident survey

We recently produced a short post-occupancy video for our Gascoyne Road project in Hackney to see how the residents of Crisp Court are finding their new home.

The project provides 19 homes as well as a community centre for the surrounding neighbourhood.

‘We are delighted with Crisp Court and the new Gascoyne Community Centre.  The project has delivered some excellent affordable family houses, stunning apartments overlooking the common and a superb new community centre. KCA have done a great job steering the project through from start to finish.’ Sarah Cunningham, Sanctuary Housing

Romford Road wins planning consent

We have secured planning consent on behalf of Local Space for this infill scheme in Newham. An attractive brick building will mark the corner of Romford Road & Disraeli Road and will provide 11 much needed new affordable family homes.  The building design is animated with deep window reveals, brick detailing to provide texture & metal balconies.  The streetscape enhanced with hedgerows & a low perimeter brick wall. Residents will share a communal garden.

Montpelier Road, Ealing scheme submitted for planning

KCA has recently submitted an application for a scheme consisting of 16 new homes of which half is shared ownership. 

KCA’s Montpelier Road scheme is a redevelopment of a former care home to replace the out-of-date building with a scheme of 16 new homes with generous private amenity space. The building has been designed to have as minimise impact on neighbouring properties through considered outlook and a contextual massing. Further considerate design features include a rainwater garden to limit run off and Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery to meet the Zero Carbon requirement.

Sparrow Farm Drive secures planning permission

Our Sparrow Farm Drive scheme in Hounslow has been approved!

KCA’s scheme will create 25 new light & spacious affordable family homes arranged around a landscaped courtyard.  The new community centre will breathe new life into the heart of the estate providing a wide range of social activities. Other benefits include a new children’s playground, more parking, landscaping & tree planting.

Lawrence Road granted planning permission

KCA has received planning permission for 69 residential units and 7 live/work units

KCA’s scheme for a mixed-use scheme in Lawrence Road, Tottenham has been granted planning permission. The scheme has been designed in as part of a master plan for the two sites book ending the development on the west side of Lawrence Road. The scheme consist of 7 live/work units facing Lawrence Road and 69 residential units in two buildings, a 7-storey front building and a 4-storey mews building. The scheme has been designed as car free and has a large shared amenity space in the court yard shared with the neighbouring site which is expected to be built at the same time.

Campsbourne Road shortlisted for Best Homes in Haringey Design Awards

KCA’s mixed use development for Circle Housing has been short listed for the Best Homes category in Haringey Design Awards 2016. The scheme which was completed in September provides a range of affordable and shared ownership homes along with affordable work space designed for local start-ups and micro-businesses.

“We’re delighted that Campsbourne Road has been shortlisted in the Haringey Design Awards. KCA architects played a pivotal role in the project and we are very pleased with the design of the scheme. They were a great team player and we couldn’t be happier with their work.” Ranvir Bairwal Assistant Development Director Circle Housing.

Spaniard's End granted planning permission

KCA has received planning permission for a 800 sqm  private house in Hampstead.

KCA’s scheme for a 800 sqm high end private house on Hampstead Heath has been granted planning permission. The scheme has been designed as three accommodation blocks connected by a high atrium and glazed corridors creating visual connection through the building to the main entrance, the garden and the Heath.