Holes to Homes

Building on our previous research—which investigated the quantity, size, and ownership of the city’s golf courses—we’ve now taken a look at how these spaces might be used to better serve a larger proportion of Londoners. Our masterplan for Enfield Golf Course shows how it might be done.

Ebbsfleet Cultural Development Framework

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation appointed RCKa to lead a multidisciplinary team of architects, placemaking specialists and urban designers to co-create a strategy for community and cultural infrastructure in the Garden City through a comprehensive programme of outreach and engagement.

Birmingham Smithfield

The Smithfield Wellbeing Hub is a key element of the transformation of Birmingham Smithfield – a once in a generation project led by Birmingham City Council and Lendlease to reshape a 17 hectare site in the historic heart of the city. Birmingham Smithfield will transform Birmingham’s city centre, creating 3,000 new homes and community facilities as well as major economic opportunities, including an estimated 8,000 new jobs.

The Children’s Trust

RCKa has designed new school buildings on the Surrey campus of the Children’s Trust, a charity focused on the care of children with brain injuries.

New school for the Children's Trust

23a Leyton Road

A later living development in Harpenden, providing 38 homes with communal facilities, a community cafe and landscaped courtyards.

Nourish Hub

RCKa was commissioned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to work with the local community and design a new mixed-use workspace and community food hub within the Edward Woods Estate.

Lewisham Small Sites SPD

​​RCKa’s celebrated Design Code SPD for Lewisham Council sets out a bold vision for small site housing development and takes positive steps to promote housing delivery in the borough.


Working as part of a team led by Stirling Prize winners Mikhail Riches, RCKa has been appointed to help masterplan the last new neighbourhood in the Olympic Park.

The Granville

Community-led regeneration of a workspace and community hub in South Kilburn.

Chandos Way and Britten Close

One of London’s largest rooftop extension projects providing over 30,000 sqft of new residential accommodation.

Hortsley, Seaford

Hortsley represents an exemplar project for retirement living, providing 39 new homes designed from the outset to enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Arklow Road

The transformation of a handsome 1920’s industrial office building into 44 affordable and market homes for local young professionals and families keen to get on the housing ladder

King Edward’s Road

A proposal for a small site in Hackney provides five exceptional new homes and workspace for a local housing association.

Small Sites Website

RCKa has published an open-access web portal which provides easy access to a wide range of planning data for each of the London boroughs

Enfield Business Centre

The Enfield Business Centre is an enterprise support hub which provides in-house and online training, advice and guidance to local entrepreneurs and the wider business community in Enfield.

Boughton Heath

An extra-care development at Boughton Heath in Chester which places wellbeing, sustainability and community cohesion at its heart.

The Golf Belt

In August 2021, RCKa director Russell Curtis published research into the extent of London's land set aside for golf courses.

Camden Road Hostel

Camden Road Hostel is one of a suite of temporary accommodation projects forming a key part of the council’s Community Investment Programme

Open Eye Gallery

RCKa was commissioned to design a new home for the Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool’s historic dockfront which had outgrown its former home in the heart of the city.

Highgate Newtown Community Centre

In 2014 RCKa was appointed to help Camden Council investigate ways in which the long-term future of Highgate Newtown Community Centre could be secured through creative development of the site.

Supporting Planning Applications

Working in collaboration with housing campaign group PricedOut, RCKa director Russell Curtis has written a guide setting out simple steps that supporters of new housing development can follow to get their voices heard.

De La Rue Technology Centre

RCKa’s new Technology Centre for world-leading currency and security company De La Rue has instigated fundamental reform of how scientists and engineers from across the business collaborate and innovate through the provision of flexible workspace within an exemplary creative environment.


Set among the rolling hills of west Essex, RCKa’s proposals for a new retirement community exploit a gently undulating topography, nestling a collection of villas into a verdant rural landscape. 

TNG Youth & Community Centre

RCKa’s TNG Youth & Community Centre in Lewisham, south London, was officially opened to the public in June 2013.

Ryde Nicholson

Working with the Isle of Wight Council and engineering specialist Stantec, RCKa has secured outline planning consent for a visionary masterplan to expand the capacity of Ryde Business Park to generate employment opportunities. 

Broadfields Estate

Design for 47 efficient new build homes as part of the Broadfields Estate in Barnet, using a modular construction system.