Managing and limiting water consumption is a key element of sustainable design.
With our landscape design team, sustainable drainage is a key driver, particularly in towns and cities. Our design of rain gardens provides a sustainable solution for this, reducing the strain on overloaded sewers, key to slowing down the flow of water whilst helping to contribute in creating a greener area.
With our built projects we have incorporated green roofs, as well as blue and green combined roofs, a pioneering method to collate and release rainwater at a controlled rate. The roof solution can also often boast attract green landscape and provide a natural habitat for wildlife.
The re-use of our environment is an important part of our sustainable strategy. We are active within the ‘as-built’ environment, with much of our work associated with understanding and unlocking the potential within our existing built assets, including refurbishments, extensions, retrofits, maintenance and repairs.
When re-use or refurbishing, the de-carbonisation of the existing buildings or estates is an important element to consider. Innovative approaches are key in this area to allow for the improvement of energy efficiency and to meet climate targets.
With many of our refurbishment projects, enhancing the sustainability credentials includes focus upon reducing heating and electricity consumption on site, as well the impact of the continual use, adaptability and future-proofing of the space.
Towns and cities of the future will be increasingly green as we push to increase biodiversity and decrease our carbon footprint.
With our masterplan schemes and wider developments, we seek to always take full advantage for the maximisation of green space. This often include generous landscaping, with considerations for smarter tree-planting through technology to find their optimum locations based on how they will age, react to weather and global warming, and provide shade as they grow.
The use of green living walls further provides opportunities to soften our landscape and increase the biodiversity and sustainability credentials of the site. Further, living walls on buildings’ exterior can also provide a home for wildlife to flourish. Furthermore, generous public realm filled with green spaces helps significantly contribute to a healthy sense of place and the wellbeing of the neighbourhood.
Reducing traffic congestion, and creating healthier, less car-centric streets is an important aspect of landscape design.
We design new developments with the pedestrian experience in mind, creating attractive spaces that enhance connectivity with the rest of the town, while integrating green space and areas for community engagement. When designed to last, creating these spaces can have a transformative impact on an area as a whole.
Through research and analysis of travel behaviours, we widen footpaths to accommodate changes in lifestyles of more walking and cycling, increasing their safety and attraction, whilst designing the travel paths to minimise traffic congestion and enhance vehicular movement.