Linkcity has appointed DLA Architecture to design a new housing scheme and supporting community spaces in Burnt Oak, NorthWest London.

The appointment follows Linkcity being selected as preferred bidder by the London Borough of Barnet to deliver the new development, which is to provide around 300 much needed new homes, of which 50% will be affordable housing.

Linkcity is the UK property development arm for global firm Bouygues Construction. It’s current development portfolio includes around 20 exciting projects across all sectors including residential and community, commercial, retail and leisure and student housing. It focuses heavily on regeneration to deliver sustainable places.

DLA and Linkcity are working closely with London Borough of Barnet to develop a scheme on the former Watling Avenue car park site. It seeks to address a current shortage of quality housing in the area.

The project will be delivered in partnership with the Council using an income strip deal structure to secure institutional funding. It will incorporate community uses, a new public car park, as well as significant public realm enhancements including a landscaped area alongside Silk Stream.  The scheme will be delivered by Bouygues UK, which is expected to start on site next year.

Alejandro Carrajo, Senior Architect at DLA Architecture and project lead, said:

“We are delighted that Linkcity has been selected by Barnet on this important project and that we are appointed to help design the scheme. We have strong expertise in designing sustainable new living and community spaces that integrate well with the local environment and provide seamless connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhoods. We look forward to working closely with Linkcity the council and local stakeholders to provide an exemplary scheme.”

DLA Architecture is an award-winning practice which employs over 80 architects, landscape architects, technologists and graphic designers. Established over 40 years ago, the practice has offices in London, Leeds and Manchester. Its expertise covers a broad range of sector including learning, sport, industry, care, workplace, housing, retail, conservation and re-use.


DLA has considerable expertise in designing new community spaces and housing. It recently completed the award-winning Hackney Gardens, a significant new project comprising community space and housing in Hackney. The £21 million scheme was an enabling development between developer, Thornsett, The London Diocesan Fund (LDF) and The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St John at Hackney. It also appointed on Chandlers Place in Seven Oaks, Equipment Works in London, the Broadway in Wimbledon and Kelly’s Yard in Hepburn.