We are looking to recruit landscape architects at graduate and Chartered levels. We have a diverse portfolio of projects and need help urgently. Contact us with your CV and tell us what skills and experience you can offer, or email for a job description – to Sue Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Articles in local papers, leaflets explaining the project and questionnaires have been distributed to local residents and schools, and made available at pick up points including the town library, town hall, Morrisons, and the visitor centre. The public consultation for improvements to Coleshill Memorial Park is underway with 14th November as the deadline for completing questionnaires and making comments. An event is being held at the Park pavilion on 1st November where people can come along and discuss their ideas for the proposals with Rich Waddell, our project manager. There has already been an excellent response with the community keen to engage with the future of their park.
BBC 2 produced a fascinating series of four programmes on the life and times of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands, covering those who travelled and worked on it, and those who lived by it. Our scheme at the junction of the M6 with the M1 and A14 in Leicestershire was featured in the final programme. The junction is known by the name of the local village, Catthorpe, and the scheme is called M1 J19 Improvements in our Projects folder. It has been the scene of many accidents over the years as the existing dumbbell roundabout arrangement mixed local traffic with HGVs and simply failed to cope, frequently causing traffic to back up along the M6 and A14 slip roads with regular, and sometimes fatal, accidents resulting. The programme told the story of the construction work that is currently underway, following many years in planning and design, interviewing Skanska’s resident engineer, the Highways Agency Project Manager, a few landowners and local residents affected by the scheme, and our own Richard Waddell, Environmental Coordinator and Landscape Architect on the scheme. Our input to the environmental work has covered all topics including noise, air quality, archaeology, built heritage, land use and agriculture, ecology and landscape, using our network of specialist companies. We have managed the extensive survey programme, going back to 2005, necessary to assess the environmental impact of the scheme and propose mitigation to lessen or remove that impact. We coordinated and managed the environmental aspects during the Public Inquiry and have recently completed all the environmental design details for construction. Richard was interviewed whilst he was on site overseeing issues like clearance of vegetation and some of the ecological surveys. The BBC were most interested in great crested newts, what they were, how they are removed from harm and how much it all cost. It was the smallest snap shot on the environmental issues that have been covered for this particular junction, but an excellent documentary. Here is a link to Richard talking about the famous local great crested newts http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0276nsl
We are very pleased to have been appointed by Coleshill Town Council to prepare a master plan for some long overdue improvements to Coleshill Memorial Park. The Park is around 7.5 hectares of green space at the centre of the town, on land dedicated by the Digby family in the late 1940’s for leisure use only, in Memory of those who fought in WW2. This covenant has saved the Park from development attempts over the years and now the Council have secured funding for improvements.
Key objectives are to give the space a real ‘town park’ feel and to provide attractions and facilities which will make it a ‘must visit’ destination for local people, and significantly increase user numbers. Proposals under consideration include new play areas, with more challenging equipment for older children, and accessible to all, new sitting areas, sports facilities, trim trail or exercise equipment along new cycling/ walking/ running routes, and possibly water play. A bandstand is also being considered – an iconic feature and focal point for the park, to celebrate the incredibly successful and popular town band, and provide a venue for community and possibly formal civic events. New tree and shrub planting is proposed throughout plus improvements to existing planting, to enhance the character and structure of the Park. Features to encourage wildlife will be included, with native plant species to attract birds, butterflies and insects, wildflowers, areas of wild garden and nest boxes.
The next step in the development of the master plan will be to consult with local people to see what they would like to see happen in the park, what facilities and attractions as well as what problems they feel need to be addressed. A questionnaire will be made widely available in the local papers, at venues such as the library and town hall as well as online. Schools, current users of the Pavilion and sports pitches, neighbours and all interested community groups will also be consulted. When the work starts on site, there will also be opportunities for everyone to be involved, perhaps by planting wildflowers or trees.
Attended yet another business training event where nobody had the first idea what a landscape architect does. Everyone was asked to pitch their service in one sentence. Success was marked by all the other delegates understanding immediately and no clarifying questions asked….and then there was me trying to describe landscape architecture and environmental assessment in a few words… Useful suggestions on a postcard please…
At last our new website is up and running. We had several false starts with our web hosts playing hide and seek – sometimes the site was there, sometimes – for long periods of time, it wasn’t. People began contacting us asking what was happening, other host providers emailed offering us a better, cheaper service… But here we are – still a few creases to iron out – but up and running. We will be adding a download section shortly, including the recent LI CPD day presentation by Barry on EIA, case studies of some of projects and more information about our company.
Barry is once again taking part in the LI CPD Day – this time at the fabulous Eden Project, near St Austell Cornwall. His talk is on the effective delivery of EIA. The session will provide a review of procedures, legislation and regulations, impacts and effects and the interface with design and development. There will be guidance on the process of screening and scoping and the key issues to address, the content of the Environmental Statement and implications for the project programme.
A review of selected case studies, illustrating projects of different type and scale will demonstrate how the process is applied and also illustrate the development of design alongside the impact assessment and how the design can benefit from a well-coordinated assessment and mitigation proposals. Finally there will be a more detailed look at key issues for the assessment of landscape as part of the overall process.
Barry has been a key contributor to a number of technical seminars for landscape architects, engineers and planners, including to the last few LI CPD days. A pdf of his presentation will soon be available as a download from this site.
We are very excited to be working on a new website, one which better reflects the range of projects we have been involved with over the 16 years we have been in business and the services we offer. Thanks to Oliver Whitehurst (Biscake Design) for his hard work in putting it together.
We will be providing a few downloads that might be of interest, projects from large scale infrastructure to small community schemes, topics including our approach to Environmental Impact Assessment, Planning, Design and Management, Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Drainage. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about who we are and what we do.