LDA Design to become an employee-owned business

LDA Design has decided to become an employee-owned business in the belief that "the brilliance of the collective" will help it grow.

LDA Design's vision for Waterbeach. Image: LDA Design
LDA Design's vision for Waterbeach. Image: LDA Design

The move, in the design practice's 40th year, to employee ownership is part of a period of expansion for the design practice and coincides with opening three new studios in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester.

LDA design chairman Andrew Harland said: "This move is a bold and exciting one for us. The board wants to share the business to grow it and believes this to be the right way to secure a long and bright future.

"We have always wanted LDA Design to not be about individual egos but the brilliance of the collective. That aim holds true and we want to see a future where all of our employees can help to shape our business. This will put us in an even stronger position and make succession planning easier."

While the decision has been made, the details have yet to be finalised. Harland estimates that it will take about two years to complete the process and to set up an Employee Ownership Trust.

LDA Design’s landscape-led practice is made up of masterplanners, urban designers, landscape architects, ecologists, and town and environmental planners. Recent projects include: a new settlement at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, working in a multi-disciplinary team on HS2 and the transformation of Euston Station in London, the design of all the new public realm at Battersea Power Station in London, leading the regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen and the transformation of Plymouth City Centre.

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