The Landscape architect has the ability to improve our human experiences by the design of integrated communities and the creation of uplifting places which enable us to connect with our shared urban and rural environments.
As a design focused company of landscape architects located in central London, we bring an imaginative and pragmatic design approach to each project we encounter. Our landscape architects thrive on the challenge of working as part of complex multi disciplinary design teams and believe that elegant landscape design solutions are achieved through the application of the intellect and the imagination. Our aim is to provide clients with landscape design solutions that are elegant, attractive and create meaningful public and private spaces. A landscape design should enhance the setting of any surrounding architecture, fulfill any technical requirements and stitch the development site seamlessly into its surrounding context. Our landscape architect’s experience includes all areas of landscape design and we are able to deliver all of the Landscape Institute’s Work Stages.
12th January 2018
We were pleased to see our St Luke’s Square landscape project, designed for Mizen Design Build, featured in this month’s landscape architect’s magazine FutureArch. The article focused on the specification of a synthetic turf over a podium deck to a basement car park instead of living grass. The benefits of synthetic turf over living turf include a lightweight build up, resulting in a minimal load being imposed on structural slabs; a hard wearing surface which can withstand intensive use; a drought tolerant, attractive evergreen pedestrian surface; and the lower maintenance cost.
21st November 2017
We were pleased to attend the topping out ceremony for the Maurice Wilkes Building in Cambridge recently. This office development will offer around 6,000m2 of lettable floor space. This project is being developed by St John’s College Cambridge, being project managed by Turnstone Estates (client side) with the main contractor role being carried out be Vinci Construction. We have helped to secure planning consent on behalf of the client, provided information for the client to enable the tender of this contract and have now been novated to the main contractor. The anticipated completion date for this development is June 2018.
16th October 2017
We are please to announce that work is now complete on our St Luke’s, Caning Town, refurbishment/ change of use project. We have been working on this project since the planning submission stage. We prepared a ground floor landscape proposal for this detailed planning submission which responded to this change of use from commercial to residential, providing defensible space to all ground floor units on the inside and outside of this plot. Following the successful planning application we prepared tender information to enable contractors to build the landscape works. The entire courtyard landscape is located on top of of a sloping, stepped structural slab which tops the basement car park for this development. This courtyard space provides attractive private patios for all ground floor units to its perimeter and an area of grass with planting at its centre. A significant play ground area is incorporated into this central space.
15th September 2017
Work is now complete on Vauxhall City Farm’s refurbishment. These works formed part of a Section 106 agreement between St James Group and the London Borough of Lambeth. As part of this redevelopment the existing building was repurposed at ground floor level to provide a local cafe and improved facilities for the City Farm. Our brief by St James Group was to provide a suitable landscape setting for the cafe, space for an outdoor classroom and to provide a new duck pond. It was important to our client that these elements were stitched seamlessly into the existing surrounding context.
30th August 2017
After appearing as an expert witness for Galliard Homes in support of their proposed development in the New River Conservation Area in Islington, North London, we have been successful in appealing against the Local Authority’s decision to refuse Planning Consent. We were able to argue that the proposed landscape scheme satisfied the requirements of DM6.5 of the Islington Development Management Policies (DMP) 2013. We were also able to rebut the Local Authority’s Landscape Officer’s statements for refusal of Planning Consent.
03rd July 2017
Work is now complete on Galliard Homes’ Crescent House residential development, located a few minutes walk from Clapham Common and within Clapham Conservation Area. This development refurbished a Tudor revival style building, originally constructed for the Union of Post office Workers, and made it suitable for use as residential dwellings. The existing landscape contained a number of significant elements which required retention. These included mature trees, an established hedge fronting onto Crescent Lane and existing brick walls to the perimeter of the site. Our landscape architects worked hard to provide landscape solutions which accommodated the existing features of the site whilst providing our client with their requirements in terms of car parking spaces, pedestrian and vehicular circulation and service vehicle access. Our landscape design locates a shared amenity space with a children’s playground to the building frontage, with private ground floor gardens with patios located to its rear. The external levels required our landscape architect’s careful consideration as they needed to interface with existing FFLs of the building. Footpaths needed be elevated to ensure level thresholds be achieved, Cellweb was required within root protection areas of existing trees and a gravel “French Drains’ were required the perimeter of the building as the damp proof course was 700mm below FFL.
19th February 2016
Work has now well underway on F R Holdings Garlick Hill Hotel site located in the City of London. This site is to accommodate a seven floor boutique hotel with a roof top restaurant and associated dining terrace which will claim stunning views of the City of London. Our landscape architects are working closely with the architects, interior designers and structural engineers to create a landscape design for the roof space which will feel intimate and comfortable whilst still maintaining those panoramic views of the City of London, including St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard. In addition to the roof top garden our landscape architect’s scope includes the design of numerous landscape accents at every level of the hotel’s internal spaces. The hotel is due to open to the public in late 2017.
08th February 2016
We are pleased to announce our landscape architect’s masterplan and supplementary information has been submitted to South Cambridge District Council and Cambridge City Council as part of a detailed planning submission for a new building and associated facilities on this 1.1Ha site located within St John’s Innovation Park, Cambridge. Working closely with the architect and engineers our landscape design accommodates planted swales and permeable paving as part of the site’s Sustainable Urban Drainage Strategy (SUDS). Parking, vehicular running surfaces, pedestrian footpaths, amenity spaces and structural planting all formed part of our remit. Once Planning Consent is given our landscape architects will proceed with the production of a tender package of information for the external works.
30th September 2015
The external works are now complete on a new shopping store for Aldi in Gershwin Park, Witham. This 1Ha site contains the store along its north boundary with associated car parking to its south. Our landscape architect’s masterplan incorporated a significant buffer strip of planting to the south and west of the car park to afford screening from the public realm and adjacent highway. Our landscape architects worked closely with the engineer to resolve the levels interface between the existing and proposed ground conditions. This ensured DDA compliant access was incorporated into our landscape design and falls were appropriate for surface water drainage. This store is due for opening in November 2015.
16th September 2015
Work has now started on Galliard Homes’ Silver Works site in Colindale, north London. This 1.1Ha site is to contain a mixture of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and a number of 4 bedroom town houses. Associated with these 182 dwellings, our landscape design incorporates parking (above and below ground), play areas, communal garden and private gardens. Our landscape architects have worked closely with the client’s design team to achieve the successful sign off all landscape architect’s pre commencement Conditions. Our landscape architect’s masterplan and construction package of information is now being implemented and the project is due for completion in spring 2017.