PLACE Design + Planning acquired Bell Fischer Landscape Architects at the beginning of this month, making the whole business an Employee Owned Trust, following PLACE’s conversion to the structure in July, the first independent UK landscape practice to do so.
The directors of the new company are Tony Edwards, Gordon Bell and Giles Hopgood. Edwards is also a Design Council/ CABE Built Environment expert.
They said in a joint statement: "We have known each other and the respective design teams for many years. The skill set and experience of the combined practice gives us the capacity to deliver a greater diversity of projects from a wider client base.
"The timing is extremely beneficial for the two companies, with an increasing requirement for residential and education projects - fields in which we both have extensive experience. We are already collaborating on new projects, so anticipate that this joint working will provide a smooth evolution for the expanded team in forming the enlarged company."
Initially the amalgamated practice of 14 staff will operate from two existing offices, but BFLA staff will join PLACE‘s office in Wimbledon later next year.
The company said the directors believe that giving staff a stake in the company’s success will deliver an even better service for current and prospective clients, as well as operating more efficiently and profitably.