Landscape architects are reporting a workload boom, which is enabling them to expand practices and open new offices.
The upsurge has been welcomed by the Landscape Institute (LI), which has confirmed the reported market growth with the register of practices growing at a rate of more than one a week.
EDCO Design is opening a new office in London in response to expansion of existing commissions and appointments to new jobs in the UK and Ireland.
EDCO associate Nicola Cox said: “It’s because we are diversifying as well as booming.
“The landscape profession is going into new areas and the sustainability trend is a huge bonus. We are being consulted on things that in the past would have passed us by,” she added.
More stringent legislation and impact assessments are thought to be causing the boom, with landscape architects being called in
at an earlier stage on planning applications.
Cox said: “We don’t just get what is left on the edges any more — we get input early on. I think it has been an uphill struggle, but it is much to do with the LI. The institute is increasing general public awareness of how to use us.”
Whitelaw Turkington Landscape Architects has announced it is adding a third office in Dublin to those it has in London and Wakefield. The office will serve the growing workload of the practice in Ireland.
Institute director general Marion Knight said the institute now has 560 businesses signed up. She added that she believed the LI website was helping as a marketing tool. “The ‘Find a Landscape Architect’ facility on our site is getting hits from all over the world.”
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