CHESTER based specialist landscape architecture and environmental design practice Land Studio has won three new projects.

Land Studio, which celebrates its eighth anniversary this month, has been selected by the National Trust to improve accessibility across the gardens at Grade I listed Sizergh Castle near Kendal in Cumbria. The project will involve making the castle gardens more inclusive and user friendly in all seasons.

Land Studio is also part of the team working to deliver Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s new Enterprise Engineering and Optics Centre (EEOC) on their Plas Coch campus in Northop, Flintshire.

The new £8.35m specialist centre will support manufacturing businesses in the region to decarbonise by exploring the integrated use of optics, photonics and composites as alternative, lighter-weight solutions.

The Land Studio team has provided the landscape design for the site and helped in the coordination of biodiversity assessments, working with Wynne Construction, the main contractors.

Chester and District Standard: Simon Richards, founder of Land Studio in ChesterSimon Richards, founder of Land Studio in Chester (Image: Land Studio)

The project forms part of the University’s £80m Campus 2025 strategy, ensuring that students have access to the best facilities and learning environments.

The third project involves Land Studio working on the design and access for a proposed £11m development at Petty Pool College in Sandiway, Northwich.

If granted permission, the outdoor education and specialist college will cater for 160 young people who have learning disabilities and difficulties. It is anticipated that over 6,000 local school children will benefit from the new centre each year.

Land Studio’s main design objectives are to create inspiring educational spaces for pupils, staff and visitors to enjoy, providing important connections and integration with the surrounding 40-acre ancient woodland setting.

Simon Richards, Managing Director of Land Studio, said: “Two of the areas we specialise in are education and historic settings, so we’re delighted to win these three new exciting projects.

“We’re seeing an increased demand across the country for a nature-led design approach which champions climate solutions, enhances biodiversity and creates inspiring spaces for people to enjoy and feel connected with their surroundings.

“Our team is continuing to grow and we’re currently looking for experienced landscape architects and graduates to join us.”

Land Studio, which was established in Chester in 2016, is one of the first nature led landscape architecture practice of its size in the UK to have its own in-house ecology, civil engineering and sustainable drainage design divisions.

The company works with clients across the UK and offers a full range of services including master-planning and design, landscape architecture, landscape planning, ecology, civil engineering and Building with Nature.