We begin researching context from the history through to the massing.  This defines our form and concept and framework in which design relevant, beautiful homes to experience for the user.  Our designs are always appreciated as our planning success demonstrates.


Creation of 24 new homes for our clients, Fennies Nurseries and Origen Developments.

There are two predominant architectural typologies along Kings Hall Road, semi-detached housing built in the early 20th century. Both typologies feature double-pitched gable end projections that form a rhythm along the street, with features that are symmetrical about the party wall line. LPA has sought to reference these typologies while producing a building that is clearly contemporary in style.


The Duke is a Hotel and Service development above and to the rear of the Duke of Edinburgh pub. Wood Green was transformed in the 1900s when the Barratts sweet factories arrived, employing hundreds and defining the area. The Duke of Edinburgh Pub was the heart of the community, serving all. Our proposal takes strong reference from these historic themes, inspired by Barratt & Bassett’s inventive sweet design. Our design encompasses the black and white stripes of a Liquorice Allsort, bringing an immediately identifiable association with joyful escapism and a national cross generational nostalgia.

The pub is retained and restored to its historical glory, ready to serve the new communities drawn to Wood Green through major developments. The provision of a restaurant, extra seating, guest rooms and residential units complements Haringey Council’s vision for Wood Green and brings extra life and commercial activity to the area.

The unique form of the rear is a direct response to the daylight & sunlight analysis, following the sun-path this form ensures no overshadowing to the neighbouring buildings. The separation of the mass into two allows light down into the void and distinguishes two ‘stacks of sweets’ that sit on top of the existing plinth level continued from the pub.


This project sits on a site with a varied history. In the mid 18th century it was once the workplace of a prodigious strongman who performed balancing acts with water-filled barrels and rolled pewter plates. During the 20th century, the site was used as a paper works factory for the mass production of paper using large mechanical rollers arranged in a stacked alignment for pressing and storing the paper. Later the site was let to a family run carpet and tapestry repair and cleaning company who would stack rolls of carpet, tapestry, rugs and fabrics.

The proposal takes inspiration from stacking barrels, rollers and fabrics to generate its form.


Heron Court is an existing residential building in Raynes Park, LPA were brought on board to reimagine the building and site’s potential. The residential use of the site is intensified to optimise the land use in this highly accessible and sustainable urban location. The proposal consists of a new roof extension which will provide four new apartments as well as new home to the rear of the existing building.

Through the off-site research LPA found that during the 19th century Merton was home to John Innes, the founder of the John Innes Horticultural Institute. The organisation was the first research centre for the study of plant genetics in Britain, it became world famous for undertaking ground-breaking research in plant genetics. At the heart of the original institute was traditional glass house structures and today modern controlled environment rooms and glass houses are still used at John Innes Research Centre.

The design takes inspiration from the glasshouses of the John Innes Research centre and the repeating pitched roof forms of the surrounding residential typology. The historic reference to the famous horticultural institute and founder John Innes is represented in the roof form of the proposed development but also the notion of growth and change. John Innes’ horticulturists used soil and compost to facilitate the germination of seeds into flowers. The design uses the host building, Heron Court, for germination, growing the proposal form the earth of the existing building. As Heron Court grows, its pollen will be naturally dispersed, acting as an inspirational catalyst for change and facilitating further growth in the local area.


The Light Works occupies a distinct triangular shaped site, bound by terraced properties on two sides, with a railway line running along the south. The site was previously occupied by a neglected car workshop which resulted in poor visual amenity for the neighbouring residential occupiers.

LPA developed a high quality, contextual, residential scheme for seven new homes, which is sensitive to its neighbouring context whilst providing a catalyst for change for this neglected area.

The Light Works makes reference to Brocks Fireworks, a famous firework company who were based locally to the site during the mid-19th Century. Inspired by the world famous light exhibitions at nearby Crystal Palace Park, which created explosions of patterns and visual interest against the night’s sky the golden metal detailing of The Light Works explodes upwards and outwards from the two-storey brick form, as though a firework has punctured through from the centre of the site.

Whilst making a direct reference to the history of the area the metal mesh also allows for diffused light to secondary windows and prevents overlooking to ensure privacy to neighbouring properties, their associated amenity space as well as future occupiers

The proposal transforms the backland site, enhancing the appearance and character of the area through its sensitive use of high-quality materials, detailing, subordinate scale and mass.


Lipton Plant Architects has been awarded planning permission for seven new build apartments in Bromley. The proposal replaces an existing bungalow with 7 new homes aimed at first time buyers.

Every aspect of the architectural design is driven by narrative reflecting its locality; a fusion of the local vernacular, local geology and local history both ancient and modern.

The overall form is representative of the immediate vernacular, with contemporary architectural details. An inverted ‘moat’ in the form of a grassy mound provides shelter from the busy streets, planted with wild grasses from the country park.

We have designed a modern interpretation of the pair of houses that were originally intended to occupy the site, modest yet high quality, complementing its context.

We have secured an excellent planning permission, this is one of very few sites where the planning committee has supported car free development.


‘Frogpool Manor’, located in the greenbelt, has been designed to preserve the character, appearance and openness of the surroundings, as well as enhance the setting of the adjacent, Grade II listed manor house.

The new scheme replaces under-utilised commercial and storage buildings on the site and will provide much needed repairs to the listed house. In addition, the existing listed cottage will be extended and upgraded, and the existing gatehouse replaced.

Accessed through the historic courtyard to the north, the new community, with its central frog pool and curving lines, is envisaged as a contrasting, contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular. The new houses have been designed in such a way as to allow modern methods of construction to be best utilised. Whole life carbon emissions have been considered in the design to ensure the scheme reflects Lipton Plant’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon.

Jonathan Plant, Managing Director at Lipton Plant Architects, said:

“In keeping with the inherent character of Kent farmsteads, the new homes are designed around a courtyard with a ‘frog pool’ at its centre. The courtyard adopts a circular plan, allowing the houses and layers of landscaping to ripple out from the centre. The vistas of greenery and surrounding greenbelt land are carefully drawn inbetween the boundaries of each home and into the heart of the development.”


‘The Light House Complex’, a mixed use scheme comprising 179m2 commercial space and 9, 2 x bedroom homes, celebrates the birthplace of British Film and its most remarkable local inventor. Known simply as ‘Daddy Paul’ in the film industry, Robert Paul (1869-1943) who lived, worked and filmed in the nearby streets, invented and pioneered films and projections of local characters and stories. LPA have created a light defusing void that cuts through the substantial massing of this building. Like ‘Daddy Paul’s’ ‘urban lense’, the building and its ‘light beam’ reflects and projects into local life. This major complex provides a shimmering tribute and a distinctive focal point on the local streetscape.


Lipton Plant’s Creative Strategy is based on the need to derive a new relevant story sourced entirely by identifying, respecting and reflecting (historic/present) context. This is then reflected in our designs crafted from the fabric of the present with the intent of continuous narrative enduring into the future. Our Creative Strategy guarantees particularly thorough research as a means to discover and define a unique story for each of our schemes ensuring equally that our resulting designs are as engaging, relevant, enduring and valuable as the site-specific stories which inspired them.

The Conceptual Container for The Old Bakery at Deptford Broadway draws upon the historic use of the site as bakery and the process through which the bread is made. In the process of baking, the dough is placed into a bread tin. As the dough cooks, the tin restrains the shape and the bread rises to form an arched top as it pushes up and out of the tin. At Deptford Broadway, the site is the tin; the building the dough; and the protruding bricks the CO2 bubbles rising.

On a heavily restricted mixed use historic site within a conservation area the project provides six new apartments and 11 converted apartments across a pair of converted mid nineteenth century period properties and a 4 story new build rear development incorporating a full site basement dig, brick detailing and a green roof maximizing the sites potential with a near 100% built area.

LPA took a key ingredient from the historic fabric, the stock brick – reimagining how this material could be utilised to allow the geometry of the building envelope to reflect to physical and historical context. This approach was welcomed by the planners allowing the client to achieve their required development quantum and deliver a builder to the benefit of the wider community.

Brick selection and detailing has been key to the success of this project. The colouring of the brick allows the new building to sit comfortably in its historic context and urban grain which is characterised through the use of yellow stock bricks in a multitude of varying shades and fluctuating levels of patina. Brick detailing has allowed us to represent the conceptual container in its built form. Protruding brick headers and their ascending pattern have been used to signify rising bread whilst deep brick reveals, sills and heads have been detailed around the openings to reference the ovens. Where the building elevation wraps around the existing angles and constraints of the site cut and glued angled brick corners have been used to maintain a clean crisp fold.


We are delighted that our Hampden Road project has gained planning permission. The Development & Planning Committee quickly came to a unanimous decision, and the scheme was welcomed by the Chair of the committee, and the design was praised by many of the committee members.

Hampden Road redevelops a former industrial site delivering a 3 to 7 storey mixed use residential led development providing 79 new homes with a work hub, police office and associated parking, play areas and landscaped gardens, terraces and walls. The scheme has taken inspiration from the sites boundary on the Hogsmill River Valley and the historic role The Thames and its tributaries have played in shaping London’s abundant natural landscapes, the development brings together the two opposing positions; nature and the built form.  The architecture of the development has been designed to knit together the sites unique contextual juxtaposition – The urban and natural landscapes. The Hogsmill River is a transition and boundary between two contrasting landscapes.

The building and its landscape provides a gateway environment, mediating between the fine grain, hard edge suburban form of the street and the expansive green spaces of the Hogsmill River Valley beyond. It has been designed as a carefully counterbalanced celebration of two co-exiting yet contrasting landscapes, one urban and one rural, a contrast that has been created and preserved thanks to the Hogsmill river.

It is a building that is built around the principles of controlled yet contrasting views (from the ground up) but is carefully manipulated to equally balance the contrasting views of urban development and the open and undeveloped, of URBAN & RURAL landscapes.

It is a celebratory portrait of a London sub-urban landscape, and a key feature of 21st century London, the greenest metropolis in Europe.


The first people to drink in The Bricklayers Arms were the ‘brickies’ that built the pub and all of Shoreditch around then from the ground up, of bricks made from the local mud. During the 1990’s the pub was the epicentre of an extraordinarily intense period of creativity. It was witness and venue to; Razorlight’s roof top gig, Steve McQueen, the YBA’s and many, many other significantly influential artists, designers and musicians crossing paths, ideas and actions at this now infamous drinking hole.

The narrative of Lipton Plant Architect’s expansive design reflects the pubs most defining eras; its regimented Victorian hierarchical heritage (e.g. separate entrances and ‘brickie’s’ ideals for brick laying), in contrast to the electrical, egalitarian interactions of the artistic 1990’s.


Horses play a key role in High Barnet’s history: The market, Barnet’s Horse races, and the high density of Coach Houses and Inns provided for travellers and their horses on route to and from London.

LPA’s ‘Horse-Shoe House’, comprising of a new community centre and 10 apartments, reflects the communities heritage in every aspect of its fabric and form. LPA’s use of red brick, the proportions of balconies and windows, the wattling style woven balconies, the white ‘porches/loggias’, all simultaneously reflect the material language of the buildings immediate Victorian neighbours and the areas Tudor architectural heritage. The rhythm of the bays and balconies break up the facade, stepping in and out; horizontally to continue the stepped pattern of the Victorian terrace, and vertically, the first and second floors overhang like the local Tudor Coach houses. At the heart of the scheme, the building overhangs a horse-shoe shaped cobbled courtyard, which provides a welcoming entrance and accommodates the mode of transport, now cars, not coach & horses.


Historically Highgate consisted of 4 areas of ancient woodland. A regular client came to LPA with a compact garage plot which sits directly on one of these woodlands, once used exclusively for coppicing. Our brief was to provide housing on the site while maintaining some of the existing garages, and to incorporate our design into an extensive landscaping proposal.

LPA created a design and planning proposal for a gathering of three houses, a woodland-like cul-de-sac, entirely complementary to its context. We did this through exploring the materiality of the houses in relation to the traditional process of woodland coppicing, and exploring how the buildings could grow around the existing garage buildings.






This warehouse building sits at the heart of the vibrant multicultural area in London’s East End. Over time the building has made; umbrella cases (open/closed), then lampshades (light/dark) and finally it was used as a cloak workshop (warm/cold), by sheathing, either; an object, light or the body. Ultimately the express purpose of each item manufactured was to transition between two different states, in response contrasting circumstantial change.

Despite a restrictive budget LPA passionately persuaded the client of the significance of delivering a design which communicated both the building and the area’s characteristics. LPA’s design celebrates the fact that the warehouse’s products and the local population are, and have since the 17th century, been a predominantly migrant community who are adaptable, diverse and dynamic, necessarily responsive, in transition, changing from one state to another.

We entirely re-configured and refurbished the existing building and created two new floors for 4 double height penthouses.  The new top two floors tangibly contrast and ‘sheaths’ the older building. LPA took a simple but symbolic detail from the historic fabric, the Crittal window panes (light/warm/open), which appear to transition from the original fabric of the building, changing in scale and geometry as the window panes ‘drift’ up across the surface of the new top floor envelope, finally breaking free, blending and disappearing into the light of the skyline.


LPA’s client bought two houses in the London borough of Hackney because the very large garden to the rear provided the potential for backland development. First LPA identified and partitioned off the land needed for the original houses. The remaining plot provided a quiet, tree-filled respite from the main road, but also a huge range of planning and development restrictions including; tree roots, overlooking, access, garden plot size, basement light wells, internal and external amenities.

Using the multiple and uniquely site-specific restraints themselves to define the story and the spatial envelope, LPA started with a block mass model and pushed, pinched and pulled into every available area to maximise space.

Working within rather than against the restrictions provoked LPA’s site-specific design solution for 3 houses, each with; basement, ground and first floors and each with their own private gardens.


This 38,000 sq. ft. warehouse next to East London’s Old Street roundabout has been owned by LPA’s clients since the 1970s’. The multi-purpose building contains a yoga centre and commercial offices, but takes its name from it’s main function as a private university. LPA’s research revealed this early Victorian warehouse to have originated as the factory and offices of ‘The London Fancy Box Company’ printing packaging and stationary. LPA traced and met up with the 4th generation of the family run company who showed us historic methods and machinery. It transpired one of the company’s particular specialties was gold embossing. The idea of embossing; embedding a valuable layer and of leaving an impression became the buildings new story relevant to both to the historic and the present purpose of the building, as a symbol of the impression made on the University student’s minds! In architectural terms LPA ran the story throughout the refurbishment and reconfiguration of the whole building, the studio’s, office’s, classrooms and the newly created commercial spaces on ground floor.

The form and materiality of the new-build top two floors tells the story more prominently. The floor plates have been translated as the dynamic interlocking plates of an embossing die, as if the top plate has just risen up, leaving its negative now gold embossed form below it. The vacuum between the plates are the inhabited spaces, consisting of 9 new homes (multiples of 1,2 & 3 bedrooms) each with balcony gardens.


We were asked by our client to convert existing 3 storey dwelling into flats and develop the garden of an existing house.

The site is in a central London location, and entering the existing building there is a strong sense of transition. There is a transition in the street rhythm as you approach the site. There is a shift from loud to quiet as you walk from the front to the rear of the building, and an evolution in the quality of light and proportion through the existing building.

Our proposal took this theme of transition as a starting point, the idea of transitioning from one state to another.


Our Proposal converts existing ground and lower ground from office space to residential flat units.

We are interested in reflection. We want to mirror the surrounding to throw back natural light, creating the impression of rich luminosity. Using natural light to create artificial lighting.


This grand mansion building on London’s Chelsea embankment which overlooks the Thames, Battersea Peace Pagoda and The Chelsea Physic Garden is referred to by Samuel Pepys. When the current owner purchased and moved into the property 40 years ago, it had already been divided into flats from a single dwelling. LPA identified a unique opportunity to refurbish a historic building, it was cleared of alteration exposing the original fabric throughout, the roof removed and a clever and sympathetic additional floor inserted within a new roof structure. A duplex apartment across a new basement and ground, laterally across the first and second floor and a duplex penthouse at third and roof level. Restoration is evident throughout the building and an injection of colour and detail provides each apartment with a modern twist. A new lift was inserted to provide level access to each apartment, duplex apartments are readied for additional internal lifts and a dumb waiter was installed in the penthouse to bring heavy items from floor to floor. The preservation and modernisation of a once run-down and under-used building now responds to its environment and its users and provides a recognisable reason for its status as a locally listed building.


Embassy Lodge, a block of flats in North London was one of the first buildings built by the client’s father in 1965 and his developer daughter’s requirements where that the authenticity and original fabric of the building should be preserved as much as possible. LPA was invited to build a small roof extension, but during a site survey LPA discovered the plot’s untapped potential. The large basement was lying redundant, the apartment layouts were clunky and inefficient and a significant external area lay unused. Confident of maximising the space potential and value, LPA proposed a wider strategic redevelopment. Embassy Lodge was restored and re-configured, adding balconies with views across the park and a top floor penthouse level which increased space by more than 60%. LPA also gained permission for Embassy Mews, a 3 storey new-build comprising of 3 additional apartments, in place of the dilapidated garages. Now two buildings, Embassy Lodge and Embassy Mews face each other across a newly landscaped courtyard. LPA transformed the plot from 11 to 21 homes consisting of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments which were all fully tenanted within two weeks of completion.