Posted in Landscape Architect

Shared Surfaces Update

Shared surfaces are streets designed to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles by encouraging drivers to be more aware of pedestrians and travel at lower speeds.  Often this is achieved through the omission of kerbs which demark the separation between the pedestrian and vehicular routes through a change of level, along with painted lines, railings and signs which also demark routes.  The resulting uncertainty in the minds of drivers is said to force them into a heightened level of alertness and into taking more care, chiefly through lowering their speeds.  The Department for Transport (DfT) published guidance for the design of shared spaces in 2011 (Local Transport Note 1/11).… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Awards & Competitions Biodiversity Environmental Protection green infrastructure Hydrology Landscape Architect Soft landscape and planting design

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.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

Views of landmark features – who cares?! by Alison Galbraith

I was recently discussing sites for new housing development with a fellow villager and something she said made me stop and think.  I was saying that one site being considered in the neighbourhood plan, and for which I was volunteering, giving landscape advice to the development brief, had to be considered in light of the fact that views to the church were available across the site from the road approaching the village.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

Regeneration, Remediation and Restoration by Davon Bree

Whilst working on a recent project at terra firma regenerating a former landfill site with a leisure development had me thinking about the role of Landscape Architects in such schemes, the processes involved and the challenges that require overcoming in these ambitious, yet increasingly common developments.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

Private or public? by Keith Baker

The arrival of the summer coupled with discussions about what it means to be European have made me think about how we use our outdoor spaces, both public and private, and how that differs from the ways our counterparts across the Channel do?… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

Capability Brown lecture

Come and join us on the evening of 23 June to hear author Roger Turner share his in-depth knowledge and insights into the incredible life and works of the first landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose portfolio included nearby Petworth Park.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

What you must know about your rural development site by ecologist Paul Whitby of Ecology Co-op

Thanks to Paul for writing the first in our series of informative articles giving expert advice on the various constraints and opportunities of rural sites.  The series will continue with articles on existing trees, landscape and soils, but for now, here is Paul talking about ecology:

As someone who is passionate about wildlife and yet also works mostly for developers (who are perceived to consider wildlife as a ‘problem’), it may appear that I work in a very self-defeating line of work.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

The future of green belts – landscape insights by Tom Jenner

The Landscape Institute recently aimed several questions at the debate over the future of Green Belt land, relating to topics such as coverage, condition, accessibility and management.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

What do plants really want? by Paul Strugnell

Not a lot really. Water, light, carbon dioxide, a few mineral ions and away you go.

6CO2+6H2O———–C6H1206+6O2

So why all the fuss about soils? Many peoples first introduction to plants is growing cress on a damp piece of paper.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...
Posted in Landscape Architect

The Observatory by Alison Galbraith

This enchanting project by the SPUD Group (Space, Placemaking and Urban Design), designed by young architects at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios delighted us on our cold walk on the exposed coastline of the Lymington marshes.… Read the rest

Continue Reading...