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ABOUT US

EXPERTS WITH A 33 YEAR HISTORY

OUR ETHOS

We are landscape architects, urban designers and landscape planners.

At Liz Lake Associates, we are landscape architects, urban designers and landscape planners. Our designers are very aware that with the growing interest in our environment, the desire for high-quality and well-planned outside spaces has never been greater. From public parks to private gardens, and from town squares to office schemes, elegant, inspiring and safe places provide a positive and lasting benefit to our quality of life. No matter how large or small the project, our approach is a holistic one. From the outset, we come with a fresh vision, taking a broad view to assess the context and challenges, looking for local inspiration, devising a strategic, sustainable approach and proposing creative solutions. At all times we are mindful of the financial, and sometimes emotional, investment of the client. Every scheme begins with a site visit. The team at Liz Lake Associates will then work with clients to develop the brief and explore the creative and planning scope of the scheme stage by stage. We will anticipate local planning and environmental requirements, identify the necessary surveys and reports that will be required, negotiate with all interested parties, draw up plans and if needed take them through the planning process. We can produce a full and accurate budget report and propose realistic time schedules to see the project to completion. Landscape planners at Liz Lake Associates help developers and private individuals to prepare the larger scale projects for planning submissions by providing, thorough baseline studies, measures for mitigation and impartial and dispassionate Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments. We also work for objectors to development proposals, using our skills to assess the veracity and appropriateness of assessments. Liz Lake Associates frequently acts as an expert witness at public inquiry for ecological, landscape and visual issues for both promoters and objectors. Our practice is small enough to offer individual attention from highly experienced professionals, and large enough to offer a comprehensive range of skills for the largest and most complex schemes.

Employment Opportunities

CAREERS

We are always willing to discuss opportunities with interested people who share a commitment to our approach and would like to further their careers. This could initially take the form of an informal discussion or the submission of your CV with examples of work, either by email or post. The Practice is committed to promoting the professions of landscape architecture, urban design, landscape planning, ecology and arboriculture. We are always keen to hear from interested students or graduates who wish to develop a career in our core disciplines, and we can offer help by providing advice and identifying any suitable employment opportunities. The Practice maintains contact with various universities, and notifies them of specific opportunities.

PRACTICE HISTORY

Liz Lake Associates was founded by Liz Lake in 1985 and has steadily grown to a practice of 25 people across 3 offices in Stansted, Bristol and Nottingham. Since then we have moved up in the world in more ways than one. The first office for four people was opened in Stansted Mountfitchet in 1989 at the bottom of Chapel Hill. After ten years we moved half way up the hill to the aptly named William Robinson Buildings. He was a famous early 20th century champion of the wild garden while our William Robinson was a builder and coffin maker. Now after a stint at the top of Chapel Hill at Western House we moved to a new office right next to the Stansted Mountfitchet train station, the Exchange on Station Road is our new home. A major factor to our success has been the number of repeat clients who keep coming back. We are proud that we still work for companies that came to us in the 1980s. As they have grown, so have we, undertaking over 1900 projects in the last 30 years. We are a well-known, established practice with a strong network in the East Anglian region, the south west and the Midlands, with connections to a wide range of clients, other consultants and local authorities. In 2013 we opened an office in Portishead, near Bristol. We now have an office located centrally in Bristol to service our clients in the southwest and South Wales. This has also extended our working area into central England. The Summer of 2016 saw us open our third office in the heart of Nottingham as we extend our working area further into the Midlands and beyond. We have always grown steadily and organically in response to our client’s needs. Looking to the future we look forward to a continuing relationship with our existing clients and the opportunity to build creative alliances with new clients.

Sean Vessey

Director

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