We save developers significant sums and add huge value through strategic landscape expertise and intelligent planning.
By planning open space in the right places that ensure the optimum length of interface of buildings to green infrastructure, we will secure the maximum numbers of dwellings overlooking green spaces. Dwellings overlooking green space sell for a 10% premium: This adds value to developments.
James Blake Associates will assist clients’ evaluate the viability of prospective land purchases by assessing sites for their green constraints. Our expert strategic landscape team will also carry out landscape and visual appraisals as well as urban characterisation studies.
We can prepare the green pages for site-specific development briefs or designs, access reports, and optimise value by selecting green infrastructure (GI) approaches. James Blake Associates has 30 years of empirical data on landscape build and maintenance costs, and this enables us to establish huge savings for our clients.
James Blake Associates provide landscape and visual appraisals (LVA’s), and townscape assessments that justify development layout options and sets out key GI criterion. We promote practical and cost effective GI strategies, such as our ‘Go-Natural’, Natural Parklands, or Natural Garden-Cities approaches. Historically, these proposals might have been perceived as a costly departure from convention, but developers are now seeing huge financial and practical benefits as a result of adopting these new strategies.
The LVA can be extended to assess impacts, both temporary and residual effects (the LVIA), once a layout is provided and certain. We always flag any potential conflicts of interest and can appraise other competing sites against our site. We will also look at all environmental and infrastructural constraints to minimise the risk of failure in achieving planning approvals.
For larger or urban projects, appraising existing settlement patterns and street profiles ensures vital evidence and baseline underpinning of cost-effective design concepts and landscape design briefs. Our coloured sketch layouts, concept plans, and landscape masterplans are well referenced and supported by our library of (bespoke) illustrative sections, photographs and construction details. Urban design and landscape character studies cost little, but they can serve to speed up the development process as well as ensure a more cost effective and appropriate scheme.