London Legacy Development Corporation Workspace Guidance

Defining the context and conditions for successful workspace

Comprehensive evidence, both qualitative and quantitative, supporting key elements of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s Local Plan processes was produced by a multidisciplinary team. The work underpins robust planning and design guidance on employment space that supports the evolution of the local economy.

We Made That were commissioned to undertake a qualitative study of places of employment in the London Legacy Development Corporation area. The study forms part of the evidence base for the LLDC Local Plan, 2015-2031. Together with our work on the 2018 Combined Economy Study, the work enables an appreciation of longitudinal change in the area.

Alongside a wider quantitative study, the 2015 illustrated report made recommendations to support the local economy based on spatial and economic understanding of case study businesses, emerging employment trends and links between workplaces and placemaking at a neighbourhood level.

Design guidance: Standard light industrial space provision

Design guidance: Large office space provision

We Made That also produced planning and design guidance on employment space provision in the London Legacy area: from typical office spaces to creative studios, industrial spaces and yards. The work included a review of contemporary studies and planning policy relating to successful workspace delivery. Simple spatial illustrations were used to explain typical characteristics of six workspace typologies, and to describe key design considerations in relation to mixed use development, including the integration of light industrial uses with residential accommodation.

The studies describe dynamic enterprises across a range of sectors, including juice made from ‘waste’ fruit, a resurrected beer brand, internationally-known artists and London’s only hand-made spectacle frame factory.

With significant planning activity already underway in the area, it was critical for the LLDC to provide greater detail around its aspirations for the delivery of employment provision. The workspace guidance provided the LLDC with the tools to assist in robustly and effectively engaging with planning applicants to ensure that the employment provision is delivered in a manner which meets the needs of occupants and potential occupants who view the LLDC as a desirable business location.

Project Details

London Legacy Development Corporation

Completed 2015
Combined Economy Study 2018


RTPI Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy 2019 (Finalist): Combined Economy Study


We Made That, AECOM, Regeneris, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, Carter Jonas