Whitelaw Turkington opens office in Glasgow to expand Scottish operations

An award-winning firm of landscape architects has set up shop north of the border.

Whitelaw Turkington opened its new regional office in Glasgow and plans to expand its Scottish operations to Edinburgh within six months.

The south London-based firm, which also has an office in Leeds, moved north to take advantage of growing business opportunities, according to managing director for Scotland Jon Simmons.

He has worked in Glasgow for more than 20 years and before joining Whitelaw Turkington worked for a variety of private practices. These included Ferguson McIlveen, later bought by Scott Wilson, and Keppie Design. Simmons also worked on the Garden Festival project on the Clyde in the 1980s.

The company is working on two Glasgow regeneration projects, Clyde Gateway and the regeneration of the former British Steel site at Ravenscraig, north Lanarkshire.

The former is a huge redevelopment of the inner suburbs of Glasgow to include rain gardens in the streetscape and open swales.

Ravenscraig is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe - twice the size of the principality of Monaco - and Whitelaw Turkington is acting as landscape consultant. "It is the right time to be here," said Simmons.

His firm has won awards from the Landscape Institute, Royal Institute of British Architects and the Civic Trust.

One of its most recent wins was a design to "de-ring" Ashford ring road with trees and snazzy paving, for which it won a gong from the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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