Our schemes provide immediate impact and design longevity.
Our landscape designs are creative, innovative and realistic, and fulfil our mission to deliver better landscapes for less; less build cost but more sustainability, with easier long-term maintenance that also costs less.
James Blake Associates has an excellent reputation for innovative, practical designs. It is a reputation founded on the team’s extensive experience in achieving ‘wow-factor’ landscape designs, on budget, and which can be sustained and adapted over time in a changing world, without loss of functional or appeal.
A key difference with James Blake Associates is that we consistently value engineer and value innovate. This means we create wonderful schemes and magical places to be, but for lower build and ongoing maintenance costs. Reliable hard and soft landscape detailing, that is easy to build, easy to replace/repair, and easy to maintain are key strengths of the practice. We also offer expert solutions that add value and raise development profits.
James Blake Associates actively promotes greener, more sustainable, natural design solutions (since this saves the client huge sums of money, without costing the earth). On one of our recent schemes, we reduced costs over ‘normal’ or typical green infrastructure provision, by £1.848 million. Going green can make a dramatic difference to the client’s bottom line – for a result that saves insects and all that feed on them, providing a sanctuary free from nicotinoids, where bees buzz in abundance and where birds can forage within. This is a place for life.
Our implementation experience allows us to confidently assure clients of minimal construction errors. All our drawings are created with clear instructions. Our in-house, unique landscape design software allows a high level of detail in the tight space available on the plan – while still ensuring clarity, buildability and appeal. The software uniquely prompts the designer to optimise impact from contrasting key features in a ‘Gertrude Jekyll sort of way’, to secure an amazing final design.
We are experts in preparing developer guides on optimising value and impact. We also provide clear process advice to procure contractors without allowing tenderers to compromise the quality of the work to beat the tender process, and consequently cause a reduction to the intended impact on site.
Through our weekly internal CPD training, we remain at the forefront with our designs, and our drawings and specifications consistently reflect and accommodate current design standards and guidance. We also always ensure compliance with building regulations, access, and security standards.
Planting distances for shrubs and trees (in terms of their respective influence zones on building foundations) are entirely coded within our software to guarantee compliance. This information is also given in the planting schedule, so project engineers (and all the design team), can be sure of compliance to guidance and freedom from design risk.
*James Blake Associates run CPD seminars on how to save money with green infrastructure, and how to achieve great landscapes. We provide certificates of attendance and lunch. Call our office for more information – 01787 248216.