Global engagement & collaboration 

The world of Leonard Design


Leonard Design undertakes an array of design services to deliver a wide variety of projects across a range of scales. Remarkable design is at our heart and we will always strive to bring the best solutions to our clients multifaceted needs. We deliver master planning from the streetscape, to new communities, to entire cities. Architecture, from massive to intimate, from mixed use town centres to one-off houses, our experience is diverse and complex across a vast array of typologies. Interior Design, from the delicate, sumptuous and exclusive to some of the largest and most complex internal spaces in the world. Our experience is as broad as it is varied.
Master Planning and Urban Design
Whether it’s a the regeneration of a town centre, the creation of a new city quarter, or a boutique retail development the task demands a careful balance of skills: sensitivity to context; commercial understanding; creativity; and practical knowledge of a range of building types. We combine these with experience on some of the world’s most successful urban developments, to help you create outstanding and profitable projects with a strong sense of place.
What makes great architecture? It’s a combination of understanding and inspiration: the careful balancing and resolution of a myriad of often competing issues.
    We listen intently to our client’s needs, research the project context and work closely with local groups, filtering all of the information through our collective experience and knowledge, then use our creativity to weave a solution which is attractive, popular, practical, viable and sustainable
Interior Design
If architecture is the art of the public environment, interior design is where we can speak most directly and personally to the individual.
    It’s inside our buildings – grand or intimate – where decisions on spaces, materials and lighting can influence our visitors’ moods and actions, creating atmosphere and character, and making it somewhere they’ll want to visit again and again.
Buying a property, or deciding to implement a building project, is a major commitment. It’s important to be sure that it will work well, open up the possibilities you hope for and achieve the success you need.
We use our experience to assess existing and proposed developments and help you identify strengths, weaknesses, improvements to ensure pitfalls are avoided investment is maximised. 
Leonard Design Architects are committed to achieving environmental best practice throughout its business activities, wherever this is practicable. Our environmental responsibility program is based upon continuous improvement, consistent with current knowledge. Environmental management continues to be a company priority fully integrated into our business. We believe sound environmental practice is a key factor demonstrating effective company management. We will seek to educate and train our staff to act in an environmentally responsible manner.
Asset Enhancement
Good business sense dictates that every property owner wants to maximise the value of their assets; but in a difficult market, that wish becomes an absolute necessity. With increased pressure comes increased competition, and no investment will maintain its value without active management.
    From a simple signage project to a major refurbishment and extension, we understand how to replan, refine or retune your property to ensure it achieves its full potential.


We are proud to say that we have the privilege to work with some of the most exceptional and forward-thinking companies, corporations, governments, local councils and individuals in the world. We pride ourselves in having a unique ability and vision for projects of any size and level of complexity. Responding with an equally diverse and knowledgeable design team to tackle each individual client’s needs, aspirations and goals.


We deliver and work with the best - Leonard Design is proud to work with some of the greatest design talent in the world. We understand that our clients must engage the best talent to deliver the outstanding solutions. We work with design leaders across five continents. The best engineers, sustainability consultants, lighting designers, sales and leasing agents, landscaping and ecology specialists, façade specialists, technology companies, merchandisers, media and communications experts, and a wide range of other designers, all at the forefront of their respective industries.


Virtual Reality for Architects
When the htc Vive was first being developed and on the cusp of being available to the public, 100 companies in the UK were asked to experiment and review the product. Leonard Design were selected to see how the headset could improve the design process within the architecture and design industry.

Global Retail Trends
Here at Leonard Design we are always looking to the future and pushing the boundaries of concept and design. We have created a series of films to showcase the work we do which gives a great insight into our ethics and our design process. Take a look at the film below to see what we believe to be the future of retail-led mixed use developments around the world.

The Social Shell
Leonard Design and Arup worked together along with Nottingham Trent University and Scale Rule to run a weekend design workshop for local school children. The students were asked to design a pavilion with the winning design going on to be developed by the professionals and made into a reality.


AJ100 - Since 2017
Company award
Published annually since 1995, the AJ100 ranks the largest architectural practices in the UK. It is largely regarded as a key measure of success and the industry’s most authoritative list.  
Retail - Westfield London
2012 Group Leisure Awards
Best Shopping Centre
2011 ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards
Best New Development: Extra Large
2011 Oracle Retail Week Awards
Retail and Leisure International Destination of the Year
2011 UK Inbound Award Winner
Retail Destination of the Year
2011 Group Leisure Awards
Best Shopping Centre
2010 ICSC Awards

Shopping Centre of Europe
2010 UK Inbound Awards
Tourism Shopping Destination Winner
2009 MAPIC Awards
Best Shopping Center in Europe

2009 BCSC Gold Awards
Shopping Center of the year (among those over 300,000 sq ft)

2009 BCSC Gold Awards
Supreme Award for Best Overall Scheme

2009 Global Retail and Leisure International Awards Winner 
Shopping Centre of the Year
2009 Global Retail and Leisure International Awards Highly Commended
International Retail and Leisure Destination of the Year
Retail - Westfield Stratford
Excellent rating

2014 Retail Recycling Champion Award
For Excellence in Waste Management
2014 Green Apple Gold
Environmental Best Practice
2013, 2014, 2015 Group Travel Awards
Best shopping venue for groups
2013, 2014 Group Leisure Awards
Best shopping venue for groups
2012 Property Awards
Urban Regeneration Award

2012 Oracle Retail Week
Retail Destination of the Year
2012 Constructing Excellence Awards Winner
Building Project of the Year

2012 London Planning Awards
Best Built Project Commendation
2012 ICSC Regeneration Distinction Winner
In conjunction with London Borough of Newham

2012 ICSC New Development (Extra Large) 
In conjunction with London Borough of Newham
2011 BCSC Gold Awards Winner
Retail Property Development >300,000 sq ft
Retail - Meadowhall Oasis, Foodcourt
BCSC 2012, Gold award
For refurbishment project - (LDA did concept and schematic for the FC remodelling + kiosk design)
Retail - Garden City, Nairobi
Awarded Vision 2030 status by the Government of Kenya in July 2013, in recognition of its potential economic growth impact.
LEED Gold (pre-certification)
First in Kenya
Africa Property Investment (API) Summit & Expo 2017
Award for Best Green Building Development in Sub Saharan Africa 
Retail - Puerto Venecia, Zaragoza, Spain
2014 AECC (Spanish Association of Shopping Centres)
Best Shopping Centre in Spain.
MAPIC 2013

Best Retail and Leisure Centre in the World.
Best Large Shopping Centre of the Year
The Spanish Shopping Centre Association and the Medalla Merito Turistico by the Government of Aragon.
2013 Urban Land Institute
Global Awards for Excellence Finalist.
Gold certified
Residential - Azuri Phase 1 -  Mauritius
International Property Awards - Africa 2014 for:
Best Architecture Multiple Residence Mauritius
Best Apartment Mauritius
Best Architecture Multiple Residence Africa (Regional Winner)
Best Residential Development Mauritius

Residential - The Waterside Apartments, Nottingham
2021 Insider Residential Property Awards
Midlands Apartment Development of the Year
Leisure - Beeston Town Centre, Nottingham
2021 East Midlands Property Awards
Shortlisted in two categories
Office - Grosvenor House, Sheffield
British Council Offices Awards 2020
Highly commended - Corporate workplace (North)
'Starfish Hospital' Wolfson Economic Prize Finalist
Health Care - Starfish Hospitals
2021 Wolfson Economics Prize
Infrastructure - Broad Marsh Bust Station & Car Park
2022 Constructing Excellence Awards - East Midlands
Integration & Collaborative Working - Winner
Project of the Year - Highly commended
Ironbridge Masterplan
2022 Brownfield Awards
Best Sustainable Brownfield/Urban Regeneration/Infrastructure Scheme - Highly Commended
Best Companies 2022
Most Improved Mid-Sized Company - Winner
Rank #102 in UK


An AJ100 practice since 2017
Best Companies 1 Star accreditation & winner of 2022 Best Improver in 'Mid-sized Companies' category





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