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FAQs for Architects and Property Developers

Having worked for a number of years with leading architects and property developers, we hope to be able to anticipate the range of questions that architectural practices or property developers might have about working with Aralia.

We hope these FAQ’s will answer your questions, but if you have a burning question that isn’t answered here please do give us a call on 01279 721 461 or email us and we will do our best to answer any questions you might have.

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Why should we work with a Landscape Architect?

Considering a build project from all angles means ensuring that the exterior space is properly thought through and works in the context of the building and its location. Landscape architects and designers get involved in all aspects of the exterior from spatial design to functional planning for essentials such as drainage and parking, to the choice of long lasting and suitable hard materials, design of garden buildings and features, planting design and selection of outdoor furniture, artwork and sculpture. A good landscape architect or designer brings a myriad of different skills to the table that together help to produce a beautiful, practical and useful setting for a newly developed property.

Good landscape design can help make a development more attractive and sell quickly, and it can also help secure planning approval for new dwellings in the countryside (for example under Paragraph 55). Aralia is adept at all of these requirements and regularly works in partnership with architects and property developers to bring clients dreams of a beautiful property to life. See our case studies for further information: 

Architect case study

Developer case study

Why should we choose to partner with Aralia?

Aralia is a well-established and multi-award winning landscape design studio well versed in handling complex projects. Our experience in working with a number of architectural practices, property developers and other parties has been forged through working collaboratively, flexibly and responsively over a number of years. We have the capacity to handle several projects large and small concurrently, without dropping our focus or neglecting our famed attention to detail, whilst retaining our drive to innovate and our cutting-edge creativity. Take a look at our portfolio to see what we have achieved to date.

When is the best time to get a Landscape Architect involved in a project?

Ideally, we like to get involved at the very earliest stages of a project, so that we can add value to the whole process and ensure that the design flows well from inside to outside. We like to be as collaborative as possible, working with architects, structural engineers, developers and interior designers to produce seamless design solutions. If your project is already in progress, don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how we can contribute to it.

What type of gardens do you specialise in?

Aralia has over a decade’s experience in the design of urban gardens, roof terraces, heritage properties, show gardens and country estates, handling commercial as well as residential projects. We love to be innovative and feel that we can bring something unique and special to each design, no matter the location or size of the site. Our gardens tend to have a contemporary feel, which works well with newly created architect-designed properties and refurbished historic properties alike.

What areas do you cover?

We generally work across London and the Home Counties including Hertfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Middlesex. We also work nationally and internationally. Please feel free to call us for an initial chat on  01279 721 461 or send us a quick email, so we can understand more about your project, and how we can help with the landscape design elements.

Do you get involved in planning?

We can help to guide a project through the complex and stringent planning process. We are well versed in LVIAs (Landscape  and Visual Impact Assessments) which can be key to identifying the effects of new developments on views and on the landscape itself. This can be a meaningful contribution to steering a project through planning.

Can you help with Paragraph 79 dwellings?

We have worked on a number of Paragraph 79 (previously known as Paragraph 55) properties (one of which we won an award for) which have particular requirements. Para 79 allows new dwellings to be built in the countryside where they are of exceptional quality or are innovative in their design. They also need to significantly enhance their immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area. As a landscape design practice, Aralia is best placed to advise on Paragraph 795 houses, including those within the Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See more information on how we can help with Paragraph 79 dwellings.

What is your approach to working with Architectural Practices?

We aim to get inside the Architect’s head! We like to understand the project from all angles, the design values and ethos that underpin it, which then informs how we respond to the brief. We aim to be as collaborative as possible, leading on all aspects of the landscape design whilst feeding into other elements where we see we can add value. We have often been told that we are extremely adaptable, efficient, and friendly too.  
See our case study on working with Nicolas Tye architects on a Paragraph 79 dwelling.

What is your approach to working with Property Developers?

We try to understand the needs of the developer as well as the future inhabitants of the property, and often respond to a brief in a questioning manner. This means that we don’t simply accept what is stated as a need, but try to understand the driving requirements underpinning it, so we can find the best design solution, which works better in the context of the site for all involved parties.

We have been tasked by Property developers to help them create outdoor spaces that will make the properties more attractive for sale. We achieve this by not only using plants and features to soften the hard angles of a building, but also by making the spaces more liveable and enjoyable for people to be in.
For more information on how we partner with property developers, see our case study on working with St George PLC on Chelsea Creek penthouses.

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