We are an international team, working from nine different locations across the UK, Cyprus and India. But we are also one team, combining experience and flexibility. Sector and skill experts are matched to each project across the practice, so that every project can be delivered efficiently and by the right team.
John is the practice’s landscape director. He leads our landscape team, supporting all of our UK studios.
His expertise can be seen in public realm projects at the University of Liverpool (a finalist project for the Northern Design Award), and historic projects such as Fort Bovisand.
John is particularly interested in how landscapes are developing, and how cities, towns and villages can move forward sustainably.
John likes to paint, regularly contributing to ADP’s Art Challenge and has taken part in several of the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Wild Card events. He also has an allotment at the historic Edgbaston Guinea Gardens and tutors at Birmingham City University.
Our design for the Forum focused on bringing the three different types of user together in a shared community space. A central atrium helps students and members of the public to feel more connected, while giving the building itself a powerful, unified identity.
First built to defend the British south coast from the threat of French invasion, Fort Bovisand is one of Plymouth’s least disturbed Palmerston Forts. This lack of human activity isn’t without its downsides, however, and the fort has long been falling into a state of disrepair. The Fort Bovisand Trust commissioned us to breathe new […]
The University of Huddersfield’s first project through their current consultant framework is this gamechanging extension to the Joseph Priestley Building, which has allowed the University to teach science in a wholly new way. The building would challenge “siloed” approaches to learning and research – both fostering collaboration between students and researchers of different disciplines, and […]
We’ve worked closely with the University of Sussex for over fifteen years, from developing their masterplan to designing a number of new buildings for their campus. Founded in 1959, the campus is characterised by its listed buildings designed by Sir Basil Spence, as well as the surrounding South Downs National Park. Growth in the late […]
A new library is always a milestone in the life of a university. The Laidlaw Library was no exception: nestled between two Grade II listed churches in a busy, city-centre campus, the site needed to house 4000m2 of learning and library resources, with 1000 reader seats and 6,800 linear metres of book stock.
The University of Liverpool appointed our landscape team to design a new quad, transforming an unloved car park into a lively gathering place. The Jubilee Quad would be a focal point for the city’s “Knowledge Quarter”, and needed to be robust enough to withstand a good deal of foot fall from the University and wider […]
Living with autism can present difficulties at every turn, from the anxiety of eye contact to troubles communicating. It also affects people in radically different ways – which makes designing spaces for people on the spectrum a tough (and rewarding) challenge.
Facing cancer is one of the most difficult challenges of all. We’ve been working closely with Macmillan Cancer Support for over 30 years, and were thrilled to design the Cove, a new cancer support centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. The building needed to provide a welcoming, supportive, and healing environment for those affected […]
Southend-on-Sea’s iconic pleasure pier – the longest in the world – has had a rocky history. The original pavilion at the shore head burned down in 1959; a bowling alley that replaced it met a similar fate in 1995. The Council now want to build a new pavilion on the site, and appointed us to […]
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