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Whitelands House, Chelsea
The Duke of York Square is the first successful square in London designed for public use. I cannot compliment you enough for the vision and the quality of design right down to the smallest detail.
Richard Rogers, Architect

01 Design philosophy

We believe that good landscape design should be site-specific, and our designs emerge from a rigorous understanding of the local historical, architectural, cultural, social and environmental context of each location, and a response to each client’s vision. We are experts in placemaking, creating coherent landscapes that bring together different styles of architecture and that have a positive impact on the people engaging with them. We are known for our attention to detail and our intelligent approach to sites in need of sensitive solutions. Our passion for quality in the external realm extends from concept design to completion, and we strive to deliver simple yet elegant detailing.

Underpinning our work is the desire to deliver imaginative and innovative designs that will benefit current and future generations, and sustainable principles and technologies are an integral part of our work. This includes facade greening, green roofs, sustainable urban drainage and conservation of significant trees within new designs.

02 Our process

Whoever the client and whatever the context, we begin with a friendly, personal response to any initial approach. Robert Myers leads the practice, both creatively and practically, and is closely involved at the start of every project. Robert likes nothing better than working out solutions to problems together with the client, sketching out ideas on the spot that then form the basis of developed designs and masterplans.

Quick hand drawn sketches are useful to communicate ideas and options, illustrate materials and plants, and resolve design issues efficiently; we also use 3D imagery to test and develop ideas early on. We have recently been working with BIM (3D modelling) to progress design development through the use of Revit.

We understand that as a project evolves so does the design approach. We pride ourselves on being responsive to such changes, and seek to manage our work programme so that we can accommodate them smoothly.

Millbank Tower gardens (detail)
The Tournament Ground area, The Magic Garden
The Chairman was particularly keen to thank you on behalf of future generations of Uppingham pupils, who will be the real beneficiaries of the superb facilities which you helped create.
Stephen Taylor, Bursar, Uppingham School

03 Collaboration

Our design process is always a collaborative one, first and foremost with the client. We have always loved the research stage of our projects and enjoy working with a range of consultants, architects and designers; and while being small enough to be responsive and non-corporate, we have the IT infrastructure to handle large and complex projects as part of a wider design team. We have often commissioned and worked alongside artists and craftsmen, integrating their work into the fabric of our landscape designs. We understand the need to maintain good communication throughout any scheme, and have found that the key to forging a sustainable relationship is in establishing a thorough reporting process and maintaining direct, friendly contact with the client.