EDP’s highly experienced team of environmental consultants has extensive experience of informing the masterplan process on behalf of our many clients, involved in the promotion of land for development across the UK. However, as the legislative and planning ‘weight’ attributed to our technical disciplines has increased, so our role has more frequently turned to one of leading the design process, rather than merely supporting it.
Landscape Architects are trained to think at all scales and always in an holistic manner, bringing a wider ‘vision’ to the preparation of development masterplans. At EDP we capitalise on this ‘vision’ by offering a masterplanning service that is not just ‘landscape led’ but ‘environmentally led’ - drawing on the expertise of our in-house teams of ecological, arboricultural and archaeological/heritage specialists to ensure that scheme proposals not only accommodate constraints wherever possible, but also maximise the development capacity whilst creating exciting and attractive new communities and living environments. We believe this approach optimises any site’s potential to deliver development and for planning to be achieved – particularly where our technical disciplines are at the fore.
Our core services and products within this area are:
Site appraisals and urban form studies
Our experience in the fields of landscape and townscape character assessment, coupled with our built heritage expertise, makes us well versed in the appraisal of sites and their urban context. We undertake robust assessments of the existing settlement pattern and form, historic growth trends and the character and style of existing housing and built form. This work underpins the development of responsive masterplans and future architectural proposals.
Feasibility studies and concept schemes
Having worked on around a thousand projects covering all sectors, and with an in-house team of specialists providing a broad range of skills, EDP is well placed to provide preliminary appraisals to inform site feasibility studies. This stage may also involve the preparation of sketch concept schemes for one or more options for site development. Design work undertaken at this stage is generally prepared by hand, for speed, but underpinned by basic computer modelling/testing to ensure deliverability.
Masterplans and parameter plans
EDP can prepare final ‘Illustrative’ or ‘Concept’ masterplans for submission in support of outline planning applications or for use in planning promotion work. Parameter plans relating to issues such as density, built heights and movement hierarchy can also be provided. In both cases these are informed by our early appraisal work, underpinned by a thorough understanding of the opportunities and constraints and refined through discussion of the early concept scheme options.
EDP can design and organise a complete suite of Public Consultation events, such as stakeholder workshops, public exhibitions and presentations. Our in-house team of highly trained and experienced graphics consultants will prepare all consultation material, advertisements and questionnaires and we will make all arrangements, book venues etc. Following consultation events, we either collate responses and provide these to our clients’ planning consultants, for inclusion within their Statements of Community Involvement, or prepare those documents in-house.
Design and Access Statement
The scope, content and presentational style of Design and Access Statements can be rather ‘elastic’ - depending on the type, size and sensitivity of the scheme and its context. However, whatever the project or its situation, EDP ensures a robust document is produced that clearly illustrates the ‘narrative’ of the chosen design; demonstrating a clear correlation between the assessment of site constraints and opportunities, public consultation and the evolution of the final scheme.
Working with a number of trusted sub-consultants, EDP can prepare additional ‘photomontages’ or ‘verified views’ of the scheme to demonstrate its appearance within the landscape context or to illustrate key aspects of its internal appearance. Hand drawn ‘artists impressions’ can also be prepared, using 3D CAD models as a basis to ensure their reliability.