Our team of Landscape Architects are fully qualified Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute.
Laurence Associates provides exemplary design, creating living spaces for both commercial and residential environments. Because we work closely with the architectural and planning teams, we can develop landscape proposals that are tailored to individual planning applications. We can also provide landscape services to those clients who may already have in place their own architectural team.
Our landscape services can serve to support a planning application as well as discharging landscape conditions attached to a successful planning application.
We provide holistic solutions to clients needs and aspirations by creating inspiring places, balancing function and durability with sustainability, enhanced biodiversity with resilience to climate change and better resource management. Understanding the long term management of a landscape scheme is an integral part of quality design.
Throughout the UK and Ireland, our projects range from individual private dwellings, small-medium scale housing and commercial developments to large scale renewable energy developments.
We can undertake LVIA's for any type of development, ranging in scale from a new dwelling to a large-scale solar park. Cornwall particularly, has a unique landscape, which is covered by a wide range of landscape and other environmental and heritage designations. Therefore, LVIA can often be an important requirement for a planning application.
We can prepare LVIA's with differing levels of detail, depending on the scale, nature and location of the project. This can range from:
Initial Landscape and Visual Feasibility Study: prior to committing to a full LVIA, it can be useful to highlight potential constraints at an early stage. This is helpful when considering site options and the potential form of a development, before committing to a more detailed design. This usually entails a desk study and a brief site visit, and an indication of likely mitigation measures which would be required.
Landscape and Visual Appraisal: for smaller scale developments, a shorter report with a limited viewpoint appraisal and appraisal of the principal landscape receptors may be sufficient.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA): A fully detailed and comprehensive assessment with graphic appendices which is appropriate for medium and large projects, or smaller developments in particularly sensitive locations. For EIA further consideration of the significance of a project would also be covered.
LVIA's can be further extended where required, usually as a result of the very sensitive location of a particularly complex or large project and at the request of a particular Local Planning Authority. Extended LVIA's can cover areas including: increased study area, additional viewpoints, assessment of potential night-time or seascape effects, increased range of potential cumulative effects, consideration of the project in the context of a changing landscape setting, e.g. mining landscape which is due for restoration.
We also undertake independent reviews of LVIA's if required.
We realise and develop pragmatic ideas that respond to both the character of the development and the uniqueness of each project's landscape setting. Importantly, our designs relate to the client's budget. Ideally, we will be involved as part of the overall project team at the earliest opportunity, as our skills and understanding of spatial design significantly enhance the opportunities that a site can offer, even if the constraints initially look to be overly restrictive, and we have particular skills in addressing and overcoming 'difficult' sites, to accommodate development. Initial feasibility and site analysis can also provide the client with a realistic expectation of what the site can accommodate.
Masterplanning can be tailored to an appropriate level of detail required for either an outline or detailed application. When addressing detailed masterplans we carefully consider the stage where the project becomes a reality on the ground, to minimise any later amendments; this is particularly valuable on difficult sites where amendments required at a later stage could be costly.
Some projects require strategic landscape proposals to mitigate the effects of the proposed development. We can prepare Landscape Management Plans incorporating new mitigation planting, to ensure that the proposed planting and existing landscape features are managed or enhanced to reach their full ecological and screening potential.
We have close working partnerships with a number of related disciplines and frequently co-ordinate responses with Ecologists, Arboriculturalists, Drainage Consultants and Heritage Consultants to provide comprehensive Landscape and Ecological Mitigation Management Plans.
We are experienced in the detail of a wide range of schemes, using both hard and soft landscaping, ranging from detailed planting plans and planting specifications to all hard landscape structures and paving, sustainable urban drainage schemes (SUDS) as well as detailing for play areas and other specialist areas.