Landscape architects: worth our weight in gold! by Alison Galbraith

Keith and I were fortunate enough to be invited to this year’s ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 as guests of Peter Brett Associates.  We collaborated with their Water Management Team on the diversion and restoration of a stretch of the Hermitage Stream in Havant, Hampshire, which was short-listed in the Sustainability and Resilience category.   See website for more details:  http://dunsburypark.co.uk/woodland-setting/ The project required close co-ordination between the civil engineering aspects of bank stabilisation and hydrological management, and ecological, soils and wider…




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Partly preserved: the next stage of West Pier’s story

{{unknown}}At terra firma we are pleased to have been involved at detailed design stage with the public realm scheme that flanks the BAi360 on Brighton’s seafront – the award winning and highly innovative observation tower or ‘vertical pier’ designed by Marks Barfield Architects. The plaza to the east, designed by Fiona Atkinson Landscape Architects, includes the installation of 24 columns formerly part of the structure of the now derelict and much loved West Pier, as well as a foundation for the future siting of the West…




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A new public space for London – by Alex

The end of June saw the momentous occasion of a new public space in London being opened in by the Duchess of Cambridge. The Victoria and Albert museum opened its (newly created) doors to its gleaming £55m extension. The new extension is to house one of the largest temporary exhibition spaces in the country and has created a new entrance through the previously closed off Exhibition Road. The architects for the project, AL_A (Amanda Levete) have on numerous occasions been quoted stating the importance, not…




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Book review – by Alice

New Nordic gardens, Scandinavian Landscape Design by Annika Zetterman.  Published by Thames and Hudson March 2017. ISBN 978-0-500-51945-5. This is a specialist book that I’d happily recommend to anyone – perhaps best appreciated over a cup of coffee with sockerkaka or glass of Jordgubbar Absolut. “We see beauty in the bare and the exposed, and treat materials with the utmost respect. The definition of sustainability, a word used widely today, has always been fundamental to Scandinavian identity. We have had to work hard in a…




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MAD CITY – AN INTERNATIONAL HAPPENING FOR URBAN PLANNERS

City planning is stuck in last century, at a time when start-up culture, mixed-use development and sharing is already there. New questions are now needed to look for the answers.  Troy Hayes and Lionel Fanshawe will be speaking at Mad City – an international happening for urban planners, which will be held in Riga on June 1-2, 2017. It is a new type of event, which is challenging everything we know about “the boring conference”. MAD CITY – consider this a happening, a sparkling and flavourful event for urban planners by urban planners.…




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Invasive Plants by Isla Denton-Thompson

(Schedule 9 plants) – Section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Part of the job of many Landscape Architects involves designing planting schemes for clients. One thing we must consider when making species choices is ensuring we do not specify invasive plants in locations where they will cause potential ecological, environmental, or socio-economic harm. According to the RHS there are 1,402 non-native plants established in the wild in Great Britain, of which 108 (8%) are stated to have a negative impact. Non-native invasive…




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View from the canopy, by guest author Bernie Harverson

My name is Bernie Harverson and I am a self-employed Arboricultural Consultant with 47 years experience in the industry. I acquired my love of trees from the age of 11 when my parents moved from urban Ashford west London to rural leafy Haslemere in Surrey where, instead of climbing drainpipes and onto garage rooves I started climbing trees – ‘free climbing’ of course as there were no lifelines and safety harnesses in evidence then! I then wanted to identify the different trees species and a…




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New terra firma website launched

We are pleased to announce the re-launch of the terra firma website in new mobile optimised format please take a look www.terrafirmaconsultancy.com Robyn and Lionel look forward to seeing any of you visiting MIPIM in Cannes next week!




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‘Only connect’ (by Keith)

Recent news that the dormouse has been reintroduced to Wensleydale 100 years after they were last recorded there is part of move to try and reverse their drastically depleting numbers which has seen them classed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species https://ptes.org/campaigns/dormice/ . Dormice depend on well-managed interconnected woodlands and hedgerows for their survival. They are entirely arboreal and to ensure a healthy gene pool and access to sufficient food, aerial routes between copses and hedgerows are crucial to their…




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Home is where the heart is (by Martin)

At terra firma our work with the Housing sector constitutes a sizable portion of the firm’s overall output. This emphasis on residential development is no coincidence, as it no-doubt reflects an emphasis in the broader construction sector. It will be no surprise to readers of this blog that Landscape Architects are keen to promote the virtues of integrating good design of the external spaces in any housing development. To that end, the Landscape Institute produced a Position Statement, ‘Making it Home: the power of landscape…




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