Planning application submission

British planning documentation for a major project such as Gagarin Square can run to several hundred pages. London’s planning regulations require not only the detail drawings but also submissions with respect to access, transportation, air quality, noise, archaeology and history, recycling and environmental impacts, flood risk, sewage disposal and historic London views towards St Paul’s Cathedral.

Few French and German architects venture into London territory without local partnerships. Up to ten specialist have advised Studio 44 on this planning submission. Studio 44 have forged close relationships with the three firms listed below since June 2014 in order to submit a comprehensive planning submission of high quality.

The English Civil engineers Flint and Neil have been involved with this project since it’s inception four years ago.


Lees Associates are a London architecture and design practice, situated close to the Gagarin Square site. They have experience with prime and super prime projects in the residential, retail, commercial and hospitality sectors throughout London, the UK and internationally . Their client list includes Harrods, Selfridges and the Savoy. Lees admire the originality of the modern Russian design that Studio 44 are introducing to this important London site. The Gagarin Square developers selected Lees Associates to work with Studio 44 , in guiding the scheme through UK planning and building regulations. Lees have Russian clients in London and Russia and have two Russian members of staff.

Dransfield Owens Design Architects

Lees were supported on the planning proposal for Southwark Council by Jonathan Dransfield Design who have provided London-centered advice for the Gagarin project since Nikita Yaveyn first visited London at the invitation of the client in 2010. Having worked closely with Studio 44 since this time and liased with the civil  engineers Flint & Neill on the complex structure of the  new theatre, restaurant and rehearsal rooms, the client recommended them as the experts best able to provide the complex Design & Access  statement required for the Planning Application. A good example of their own work is "The Galleria" a combined Housing and Artist studio complex designed for Barratt Homes, a leading residential provider in the UK.


The Gagarin Square client advised Studio 44 to choose Crofton as the preferred consulting engineers to provide the M & E statement in the planning application and to provide their services during Gagarin Square construction. For example Crofton are providing the design of the building services installations for the Arsenal Highbury Football Stadium residential component.This includes detailed design drawings and fully co-ordinated services drawings, specifications and schedules for immediate use on site. The building services design incorporates latest practice to reduce carbon emissions, such as the largest solar heating installation of its type in Europe. The development also included an energy centre with a combined heat and power plant, coupled as the solar thermal array using thermal store to measure efficiency. Using this type of facility means the energy can be fed into a district heating system which in turn serves the whole development.

Contract value: £150 million | Contract period: 2 years

First and last images courtesy of Highbury Holdings Ltd