LDA Design scoops work at two iconic landmarks - Battersea Power Station and Gorky Park

Olympic landscape architect LDA Design has scooped two major projects of international renown, London's Battersea Power Station and Gorky Park in Moscow.

Designers will firm up for the first phase of the planned redevelopment of the iconic four-chimney power station as part of a masterplan for the 16ha site. The 1930s Grade II* listed building forms the heart of the £8bn redevelopment.

Landscape including a 2.5ha park will serve 3,500 new homes, offices and shops. Mature trees will define a "signature" riverfront garden, said director Rob Aspland.

"This is one of the biggest developments in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics," he said. "While that event helped to regenerate east London, this project will provide a massive boost to south-west London."

Building work for the first phase, including 800 flats, is due next year. Remaining phases, including a new underground station will follow, with the entire development scheduled for completion in 2024.

LDA Design won an international tender for the multimillion pound job on 120ha Gorky Park. Judges including Kremlin officials were impressed by LDA’s approach and track record in blending historic restoration with sensitive new design.

Gorky Park, opened in 1928 and named after writer Maxim Gorky, became famous as an outstanding model of avant-garde design and stretches along the banks of the Moscow River. However parts of the landscape date back to the 18th century.

Senior partner Andrew Harland said: "Our approach is to understand and respect the park’s history, yet modernise and bring a new vitality that makes it a major cultural focus for the city."

Moscow Kremlin Museums’ deputy director Andrei Batalov said: LDA Design was one of the few practices that made reference to restoration and heritage in their bids.

The strategy will also look at management and upkeep. The job could take five years.

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