We are able to make the most of any site for our clients and the end users by gaining a detailed understanding of any development, and integrating our three core disciplines of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Environmental Planning.

Core Disciplines

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture involves concept design, landscape and open space strategies, outline and detail planning applications, hard external works and planting design, contract administration and management plans.

Urban Design

Urban design includes town and cityscape analysis, masterplanning and framework layouts, regeneration strategies, public realm and streetscape design, development strategies and design briefs, and public consultation and exhibitions.

Environmental Planning

We are able to provide an extensive range of services at the earliest stages of a development including feasibility and development potential studies, landscape character and visual impact assessment, environmental statements and planning submissions.

Our Services

Feasibility Studies / Development Potential

Landscape Strategies & Public Realm Development

Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)

Design & Access Statements / Design Codes

Roof Garden Design and Green Roofs

Masterplanning

Hard Landscape and Construction Detail

Planting Schemes

Management Plans

Site Supervision/Contract Administration

Landscape Expert Witness

Public Consultation

Play Area and Sports Facility Design

Biodiversity Net Gain & Tree Protection

Feasibility Studies / Development Potential

We regularly advise clients on the development potential of individual sites. We are able to provide feasibility studies looking at a range of options and assess environmental factors for both rural and urban contexts. We can inform clients about requirements relating to ecology, arboriculture and archaeology and we are able to fully co-ordinate these specialism as required.

We provide site specific, pragmatic advice on sites as all scales. Our experience in bringing sites forward from inception through to completion means we are able to identify potential factors that may not be apparent in the early planning phases.

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Landscape Strategies & Public Realm Development

As part of multi-disciplinary teams, Allen Pyke are able to add considerable value to projects with early input into schemes regularly take the lead in the preparation of public realm and landscape strategies. We work hard to optimise layouts through the careful design and location of public open space, movement networks and integration of elements such as play, street furniture, planting and SuDS.

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Landscape Character Assessment

Landscape Character Assessment is the recognised methodology for describing the landscape and its defining characteristics at a variety of scales, from national through to parish level and can form an important part of the evidence base for Neighbourhood Plans.

We apply a methodology based on best practice as set out in the latest guidance (GLVIA3) to establish the sensitivity of identified Landscape Character Areas, assessing the finer grain of characterisation and identifying landscape assets. Assessment considers the experiences and perception of the local residents of their landscape and surroundings, heritage assets and the key elements and characteristics that make up the landscape character. These include the physical nature of the landscape, its land use, features such as hydrology, topography, vegetation and green spaces and significant views and vistas.

Findings of the assessment can identify potential issues and threats for the landscape, as well as inform draft landscape-related policies.

We can also coordinate community consultation, develop questionnaires and manage community consultation events.

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Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)

We have a wealth of experience in the preparation of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments, either as stand alone documents, summary appraisals or as chapters within Environmental Statements.

Our Landscape and Visual Appraisals can be used as part initial site assessments prior to committing to purchase. They can then be used throughout the design stage in assessing how best to sensitively integrate development within their setting which is particularly important in respect of sensitive sites such as those in or near to Green Belt, AONBs or other designated areas.

We have an established and robust methodology developed in line with latest guidance (GLVIA3) which we apply to a diverse variety of schemes such as large urban extensions, inner city tower blocks, individual buildings and structures, roads, and renewable energy projects.

Selected projects
SOLAR FARM, CORNWALLHANSTEAD PARK, BRICKET WOOD

 

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Design & Access Statements / Design Codes

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Allen Pyke are able to co-ordinate and input into Design and Access Statements, a requirement of most planning applications. We can prepare comprehensive written and illustrative information relating to the key elements of Use, Amount, Layout, Scale, Landscape, Appearance and Access.

We regularly prepare and contribute to Design Codes where we are able to define considered site wide strategies for aspects such as open spaces, streetscapes, materials, street furniture and planting. This enables developers and local authorities to have confidence in the delivery of high quality schemes, particularly across multi-phased projects.

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Roof Garden Design and Green Roofs

green roof garden in east london

We have an excellent track record of working on high density urban developments with green roofs. This often include public or communal gardens on roofs or podium decks above car parks. We can provide concept designs for intensive and extensive green roofs for planning matters, and are able to develop these into detailed designs for construction purposes.

We work closely with architects and engineers to fully resolve specific requirements relating to waterproofing, venting, structural loading, drainage and water storage and so on.  Our designs ensure that we achieve an optimum solution for our client and maximise the useable open space in a creative way for those using the space.

Selected projects
CASPIAN WHARF
BRUNSWICK COURT
EDMUND STREET

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Masterplanning

We apply a thorough, landscape based approach masterplans to ensure they relate strongly to their surrounding context. We are able to advise clients at all stages of the process from initial site feasibility studies through the consultation and planning stages to achieve optimal layouts that respond to both landscape and townscape.

Our detailed knowledge of the development and planning processes places us in a leading position to undertake comprehensive master- planning exercises at a range of scales. We take a holistic and site specific approach to all schemes in order to maximise the value of any site.

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Hard Landscape and Construction Detail

Allen Pyke are experienced in delivering well thought out and robust detail design solutions for hard landscape design including street furniture, levels and drainage. We regularly work as part of multi-disciplinary teams with architects and engineers to ensure that all designs are fully coordinated to ensure contractors prices are accurate and to avoid unnecessary delays on site.

We have an excellent working knowledge of available products ensuring our proposals are appropriate to the clients budget whilst ensuring that all designs are carefully tailored to suit the requirements of the individual project. Using specialist software we can prepare detailed general arrangements plans, surface finish plans, setting out and construction details and NBS Specifications.

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Planting Schemes

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Allen Pyke are experts in planting design. We regularly prepare detailed planting plans to clear planning conditions and to be implemented on site. We have an extensive knowledge of plants and their maintenance requirements and are able to develop site specific plant palettes, which respond to ground conditions, microclimate, aesthetic qualities and habitat creation requirement.

We combine our knowledge of soft landscape to develop dramatic, ornamental planting schemes which respond to the challenges associated with climate change and biosecurity restrictions. We are equally proficient in production of naturalist schemes, with may include the creation of wildflower meadows and native woodland. We often work closely with ecologists to develop plans for habitat creation or restoration and increase biodiversity net gain.

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Management Plans

The on going management following completion of schemes on-site is essential to the success of any development. Soft landscape schemes are dynamic systems and changes in management need to be considered over different time scales. There is no such thing as a maintenance free scheme, however Allen Pyke fully understand the management and maintenance implications and ensure that this is considered throughout all stages of the design process. Committed to providing cost effective and sustainable solutions, issues relating to the use of natural resources, including top soil and water are important factors in any scheme.

We regularly prepare detailed management plans for a range of existing and proposed landscapes. Often required to clear planning conditions, a considered management plan will ensure that a scheme will last for future generations.

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Site Supervision/Contract Administration

Planting plan implementation on a Construction site

Ensuring projects are implemented to a clients required standard is an essential part of the success of any scheme. Staff at Allen Pyke are experienced in the monitoring of both hard and soft landscape design and regularly provide advice on the appointment of sub-contractors, selection of plants at nurseries and approval of materials/sample areas on site to ensure quality in both supply and workmanship.

We are able to act as contract administrator for landscape schemes using the JCLI form of contractor and on larger or more complex schemes where other forms of contract are used we regularly assist clients on-site through inspection of hard and soft landscape throughout the construction phase of a scheme.

We take health and safety extremely seriously. All staff hold current Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards and receive regular training relating to heath and safety on site.

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Landscape Expert Witness

Landscape Character and Visual Amenity

Allen Pyke has successfully represented clients at public inquiries and informal hearings across all development sectors in respect of landscape and visual matters, including many schemes with sensitive landscape and planning designations. Acting as a Landscape Expert Witness, we are able to prepare detailed and robust proofs of evidence and rebuttals. Working with leading barristers we are called on to represent private clients and local authorities giving professional, impartial evidence in regard to landscape character, townscape character and visual amenity.

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Public Consultation

Allen Pyke have considerable experience in facilitating, and participating in, a wide range of public consultations. These events include exhibitions, drop in sessions, presentations and community workshops. We regularly prepare accessible visual information for leaflets and exhibitions and we are able to coordinate professional graphic designers and printing as required.

We are passionate about community engagement and believe that well run events can positively contribute to the planning and design process. We are experienced in collaborating with specific interest groups, especially when this relates to public art.

We have designed a number of play areas with direct input from school child and youth groups.

Selected projects

NORTHAMPTON MARKET SQUARE

GREAT WESTERN PARK

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Play Area and Sports Facility Design

Play area at GWP

Allen Pyke have a proven track record in delivering equipped play areas and informal play spaces in a variety of different settings. We have designed play areas within woodland, on roof decks, country parks and the urban realm.  Our designs are often informed by public consultation and design workshops with children. We believe engaging children in the design can lead to a lifelong respect for open spaces and spur their imagination.

We provide advice to clients on play and sports requirements as set out in planning policy or national guidance. Initial advice in the pre-planning stage ensures adequate land is available for sport and play relating to the proposed quantum of development.

We are able to design external sports facilities and regularly work with architects on the design of sports centres and pavilions. We are fully up to date with current design guidance and best practice and with regard to play strongly advocate a site specific, creative approach to designing challenging and accessible play areas for a range of ages and abilities.

Selected projects
ROKEBY SCHOOL
BRICKHILL
WATERMILL LANE

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Biodiversity Net Gain & Tree Protection

Mature tree offers biodiversity

Guided by the legislative framework, Allen Pyke are able to co-ordinate the services of qualified ecologists and arboriculturalists as appropriate to the conditions of each site. We are able to assist in achieving Biodiversity Net Gain through habitat creation in all sizes of greenspace, whether a small courtyard and country park. Early input from specialist consultants will enable any constraints to be built into both the design and planning/ development programme, thereby optimising the potential to provide environmental improvements as well as avoiding or minimising delays to project.

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Sectors

F- Healthcare & Retirement Schemes

meadow at retirement village

I- Exclusive Residential Dwellings