The process of a landscape project may take one of many possible routes. The typical path is described here with illustrations drawn from a recent project.
An initial meeting with the client on site enables us to get a sense of the place and the needs and desires of its users. A written brief forms the basis for further discussion.
A full topographical survey is usually commissioned from surveyors for each project. It forms the basis for all design work. We also undertake tree and photo surveys, and on larger projects, a detailed site analysis survey.
Based on the information gained from meeting with the client and from the survey and site analysis, we develop conceptual proposals for discussion and further development. This usually takes the form of hand-drawn aerial view by Tom and a three dimensional digital model.
Following discussions and further development of the design, we prepare drawings in sufficient detail to build and plant the landscape. These drawings will form the basis for fixing a budget for the project.
At the tender stage we provide a set of construction drawings to contractors tendering to do the work. We will also advise on selection of the contractor, with whom we will work to realise the landscape proposals. Alternatively, some projects are carried out using direct labour.
There is no single best way to build a garden and no single best method of construction. We collaborate with clients and contractors to achieve the highest building standards using the most practical and efficient methods.
Following selection of the contractors, we inspect all work for which we prepare detailed proposals. We can provide either a full inspection service and contract administration, or take a more advisory approach, where there is an existing effective on-site team.