Andrew Kavanagh

BA(Hons) DipArch, MA Urban Design

Associate, Senior Urban Designer

Andrew is an Associate and Senior Urban Designer at HTA with over 15 years of experience in architecture and urban design. He joined the practice in 2013 and has spent the last decade leading a wide variety of urban design and masterplanning projects. These have ranged from bids and feasibility studies through to the production of Spatial Planning Frameworks and Outline / Hybrid Planning Submissions in urban, suburban, and rural contexts. Over the years he has developed a particular specialist interest in the complex work of Estate Regeneration and has developed several successful schemes.

Andrew is a passionate Urban Designer who has always been driven to deliver great work and even greater places who finds it humbling to work on projects that deliver such transformative change to people’s lives. He continues to strive to make every place the best possible place it can be, always driven to ensure we create places, not spaces.

His key skills lie in identifying and capitalising on the opportunities existing within development sites through extensive urban analysis, using this information to evolve strong concepts, justifications and narratives into viable proposals.

Andrew has been critical in the delivery of several major urban design projects at HTA. Most recently, he has been leading the complex Outline element and Hybrid coordination of the Joyce and Snell’s Estate Regeneration.  HTA has been evolving a full redevelopment masterplan for the Enfield estate which seeks to supply new housing – replacing all existing homes with a substantial uplift - focused around two new central parks complimented by a rejuvenated high street, civic hub and square. The design aims to open up the Estates to the wider context, creating an improved east-west link over the trainline to the high street, and a strong north-south connection to Silver Street Station from Tottenham which takes the form of an ecological spine composed of a network of green public open spaces.  The regeneration proposal will deliver 1983 homes, 50% of which will be affordable as well as new commercial space, community facilities, 2 new parks and various smaller playspaces and public realm improvements.

Andrew also led the development of the masterplan on the Winstanley and York Road Estate Regeneration redevelopment, north of Clapham Junction, London. The site connects Clapham Junction to the River Thames and is an estate regeneration masterplan. The new homes will surround York Gardens - a new 2.4ha park at the heart of the redevelopment. This was a complex, multi-stage project which will see the redevelopment of both York Gardens and the surrounding estate to provide circa 2,500 new homes as well as a mix of community facilities as part of a landscape focused masterplan. Andrew worked extensively to ensure the smooth delivery of the hybrid planning application and worked with a very large consultant team to secure unanimous planning approval.

Andrew was also heavily involved in the development of the Aylesbury Estate Regeneration in South London. This 28ha regeneration scheme delivers 3,575 mixed-tenure homes and 7,800sqm of employment, retail, healthcare, and community floor space. It delivers new neighbourhoods of outstanding quality integrated into the wider network of streets and spaces of Southwark, removing the physical and psychological barriers that signal the edge of the Estate whilst retaining the estate’s sense of community. New squares and open spaces form the focal points of the new neighbourhoods. He worked to evolve the concept and design of the proposed masterplan, and creating urban strategies whilst taking responsibility for the production of the Design Code and Parameter Plans.

In addition, he was part of the team delivering Rochester Riverside - Medway Council’s largest regeneration site of 24.5ha which will deliver 1400 new homes set within a range of mixed and community uses, including a new school, nursery, doctor’s surgery, hotel, cafes and shops. HTA developed the masterplan through a competitive bid process, led by Countryside Properties and Hyde Housing. Following the successful bid, HTA worked collaboratively with Medway Council to refine the masterplan, submitting the shared vision for the site as a hybrid planning. Andrew worked extensively on creating concepts and strategies, in-depth urban analysis, informed design proposals and full design coding ensuring the delivery of a successful new place well into the future. It received planning consent in October 2017 and the first phase is currently being delivered on site.  

Outside of Estate Regeneration Andrew has also worked and led on;

Biggleswade – Securing both a site allocation through a Reg 18 / 19 process and then securing Outline planning permission for both a larger 6000+ unit scheme comprised of several village clusters and the more focused 1500 unit phase 1 sub-development. The scheme is based on Garden Village design principles and designed to be built within a new Country Park.

Chatham High Street – Working with Historical England to identify development opportunities within the historic high street of Chatham and producing an SPD to ensure sensitive, public-benefiting developments can flourish and succeed in the future of this area.

He has also worked on many bids within the last 9 years including the redevelopment of up to 6,000 homes in central Birmingham, a vision for the regeneration of Thamesmead, a proposal for the development of a brown field site in Barking, a masterplan for the site of an old power station in Rugeley, and a huge 5000+ unit urban extension in Baldock.

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