Arup’s landscape architects create thoughtful, sustainable and award-winning landscape design. From concept to delivery, we work on a diverse range of projects at all scales and geographies.
We look to understand unique landscape and urban contexts, the way people use places, and the vision, economics and ambition of projects to maximise the fundamental opportunities that landscape architecture brings in creating better places. ” Tom Armour Global Landscape Architecture Leader
Contemporary landscape design must tackle pressing challenges. So while our landscape solutions help create inspiring places, they are also strategies to produce more liveable cities, greater biodiversity and resilience to climate change, and better resource management.
We explore this thinking in our Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure publication, which highlights the influential role of green infrastructure in planning and designing better cities and urban environments for people and communities.
Our landscape designers help steer sustainable outcomes on projects of any scale. We contribute to strategic development plans, masterplans for new cities and mixed-use developments, major infrastructure projects as well as streetscapes, public realm, green building solutions (green roofs, green walls) and ecological habitats.
In one such project, Seychelles Strategic Land Use and Development Plan, we worked closely with the Seychelles Government to develop an ambitious spatial framework to support managed growth. Landscape architects played an integral role throughout the process, from initial character assessments through to detailed public realm guidance and policy in the Masterplan for the Seychelles Capital Victoria.
In Ulsoor Lake, Bangalore, water quality improvements underpin the integrated landscape and engineering proposals to provide a high quality, inclusive and accessible destination for the wider metropolitan area that promotes health and well-being for local populations.
For clients and design teams, we play an important interpretative role: taking the advice and proposals of many environmental specialists and translating these into coherent deliverable plans.
Informing better outcomes
At Arup, landscape designers work closely with other specialists to produce multiple benefits solutions. We become part of integrated design teams from the start of complex projects such as the UK’s High Speed 1 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. By contributing early, we add greater value – whether by informing better designs, helping secure planning consents, or finding programme savings in cost, time and resources.
On High Speed 1 and 2 rail projects we worked closely with Arup engineers and environmental teams to bring together an integrated design that sets the railway unobtrusively within the landscape. To achieve that effect, we designed subtle landscape interventions using millions of cubic metres of excavated spoil – a resource-efficient approach that resulted in significant cost savings for the project, whilst also sustainably cutting the costs of transporting and disposing of vast quantities of excavated material.
Likewise, our involvement in masterplanning helps developers act early on issues that will influence their plans. For Madinat al Irfan we helped our client Omran outline a landscape led 40-year masterplan for an influential new low carbon city district in Muscat, Oman.