Professional Services

The key benefit of an ELD appointment is that nothing is too much trouble and our guarantees deliver reliability.

With over 40 years experience within the team, led by three Chartered Landscape Architects, ELD can provide the majority of services listed in the Landscape Consultants Appointment, issued by the Landscape Institute. We regularly work in conjunction with specialist consultants providing some of the most comprehensive, factual reports and drawings for arboricultural and ecology; whilst realising the benefits of forward planning to allow tree moving and the eradication of Japanese Knotweed.

Our strengths lie in Consultant Services in:

  • Site Surveys & Appraisals;
  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA);
  • Environmental Planning;
  • Green Infrastructure (GI);
  • Concept Design;
  • Masterplanning;
  • Detailed Design;
  • Presentation Drawings;
  • Landscape Management Plans;
  • Tender & Contract Administration;
  • Domestic Garden Design;
  • Tree Lifting & Relocation;
  • Tree Surveys (TS);
  • Arboricultural Impact Assessments (AIA);
  • Ecological Surveys & Assessments – BREEAM Ratings;
  • Japanese Knotweed Control.

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Concept Design

Creating possibilities…

Working with the design team, ELD makes an indispensable contribution to initial discussions on design feasibility, generation of concepts and alternative layouts, incorporating different landscape design options for hard and soft elements.

At Concept Design stage ELD can provide you with:

  • Thought provoking discussion with the design team.
  • Invaluable technical feedback relating to site design and potential landscape constraints.
  • Graphic illustrations and presentation plans to demonstrate the character and spatial arrangement of designs.
  • Cost estimates for the scheme to guide construction budgets and cost allocation.
  • We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.
Detailed Design

Expertise and experience delivers the detail…

ELD has a wide range of experience in the preparation of detailed design drawings for both hard and soft elements that are submitted as part of a planning application, to satisfy planning conditions and gain approval for new development.

Drawings are generally produced in AutoCAD and include specifications for planting and maintenance; plant quantities; sizes of plants to be planted and density of planting as standard information required to gain planning approval. The same drawings can be used as construction drawings for implementation.

ELD has an excellent track record and good working knowledge of the planning system and Local Authority requirements.

At Detailed Design stage ELD can provide you with:

  • Detailed planting design for ornamental and native species schemes.
  • Detailed public play area designs for NEAPs, LEAPs and LAPs.
  • Detailed fencing design for residential plot landscape schemes.
  • Detailed hard landscape/paving design for all schemes.
  • Specification of standards and materials for hard and soft elements to include planting and maintenance works.
  • Detailed management plans for ten to twenty year periods, following implementation.
  • Detailed cost estimates for hard and soft elements to assist in budget allocations.
  • A comprehensive level of documentation used for planning submission, tender and construction implementation.
Ecological Surveys & Assessments

Creating a Balance with Nature…

Working in conjunction with fully qualified Ecological Consultants, ELD is able to provide ecological services to review and assess sites in relation to planning applications. This is part of the ELD landscape and ecological package offered to clients as part of BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes requirements.

Advice to ELD on all matters relating to ecology include:

Ecological Scoping Surveys; Phase One Habitat Surveys; Great Crested Newt Surveys; Reptile Surveys; Bat Surveys; Otter Surveys; Water Vole surveys; Bird Surveys; Dormice Surveys; Invertebrate Surveys and Badger Surveys.

Ecology surveys are highly seasonal :

Failure to carry out ecological surveys at the correct time can lead to costly delays and planning refusals.

For example, the main surveys that need to be carried out during the winter months include:

  • wintering birds
  • bat scoping
  • badgers
  • otters
  • dormice nut surveys

Additional ecology work that can be cost effectively carried out over the winter period includes:

  • BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes ecology surveys and reporting some habitat surveys
  • arboricultural surveys/tree works
  • invertebrate I.D. and laboratory analysis
  • marine benthos sampling and I.D.
  • wildlife habitat creation and management
Environmental Planning

Seeing the Big Picture…

ELD undertakes Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments as individual studies, or as part of an Environmental Statement or EIA to satisfy conditions relating to planning applications.

ELD’s Landscape & Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA) include:

  • Mapping and evaluation of existing baseline data.
  • Identification of key landscape features and characteristics.
  • Identification of visual envelope and visual effects.
  • Assessing receptor sensitivity, magnitude and significance of development.
  • Identification of most appropriate location and style of development.
  • Proposed mitigation to reduce impacts.

ELD are also involved in Green Infrastructure (GI) planning at strategic levels. This involves the proactive promotion of green spaces, existing trees and ecological habitats that collectively form important connections through and around proposed development areas, ensuring vital links between open spaces are protected and enhanced.

IT Capabilities

We have the technology to deliver a quality end product…

The ELD team operates a number of systems and software products that contribute to our highly professional presentation of plans, drawings and reports, including the production of the ELD presentations used in our web profile.

The ELD team operates the following:

  • AutoCAD release 2009, with Artisan SL (landscape graphics & quantification).
  • Microsoft Windows Professional, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 3D sketch image or photographic image modelling.
  • Video production.
  • Various graphics packages.
  • In house A0/A1 colour plotting capabilities
  • In house A0/A1 black & white Xerox capabilities
  • We currently operate at BIM Level 1 and use Auodesk & CS Design Artisan software to produce accurate fully coordinated drawings.
Japanese Knotweed Control

Eradicating the menace of Knotweed in a single season…

ELD specialises in Japanese knotweed control. Working with our specialist contractors, we can eradicate this menacing plant within one growing season, using a patented methodology, approved by the Environment Agency, with warranties supporting eradication.

This aggressive and invasive weed has the ability to regenerate from just 10mm of root. ELD has worked extensively with the plant, identifying the anticipated area of Knotweed rhizome growth below ground in relation to active growth visible above ground. We have produced many statements identifying the methodology for eradication through herbicide treatments, excavation and removal, excavation and sieving, or a combination of methods, depending on site conditions and development programme. Our specialists are able to monitor works on site and if removal is the preferred option, we can oversee every part of the excavation process.

ELD provides the following in relation to Japanese Knotweed:

  • Site survey and identification of the likely extent of ground contaminated with Knotweed.
  • Method Statement to specify options for eradication or removal.
  • Advice on most appropriate method of treatment in line with site conditions, development proposals and programme.

We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.

Landscape Surveys & Site Appraisals

Understanding the landscape…

ELD recommends an initial site visit to gain an overview of the development area and surrounding landscape to appraise existing site conditions. Consideration of Local Plan designations in relation to proposed development may also be considered at this stage, to ensure a complete design assessment and to achieve the best landscape, environmental and planning solution.

From a Site Survey and Appraisal, ELD can understand and interpret for you:

  • Size, scale & feasibility of site proposals.
  • Landscape & Visual Assessment of: character, quality, topography, drainage, existing vegetation, Local Plan designations, views in / out & visual impacts.
  • Potential development constraints and potential areas for maximising landscape design.

We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.

Management Plans

Managing to maturity…

Ongoing maintenance of a site is important if the landscape scheme is to survive and reach maturity. ELD has compiled numerous Management Plans for Local Authority Section 106 Agreements and residential Management Companies, to ensure the development’s landscape scheme is managed in an appropriate way in perpetuity.

Management Plan reports and drawings have also been prepared for public highways, residential areas, public open spaces, woodlands, parks, ponds and private gardens. The Plan can be issued for tender from which a contractor can be appointed to undertake the works specified.

In a typical Management Plan, ELD includes:

  • Site survey and identification of areas to be managed.
  • Plans to illustrate the regime of maintenance for each specific area.
  • Specifications for the management regime or works to be undertaken.
  • Schedule of works to allow tender and contract administration.

We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.

Masterplanning

Working together to find the balance…

ELD believes it is critical to have continued liaison with the design team whilst developing the concept design into a masterplan. The retention of existing features through creation of green infrastructure, identification of opportunities for new landscaping, forward planning and appropriate preparation are essential at this stage. By working together, it’s possible to ‘design out’ potential conflicts between development, built infrastructure and landscape – ensuring a harmonious relationship between the various elements, whilst retaining commercial awareness and the economics of the development.

By developing a Masterplan ELD can help you:

  • Maximise development potential within a sensible, environmental and landscape framework or Green Infrastructure
  • Develop a firm understanding of character, materials and scheme design
  • Draw on the team expertise to ‘design out’ potential conflicts between development, built infrastructure and landscape before submitting plans to the Planning Authority.

The masterplan at Netherne on the Hill incorporates many design feature areas such as the ‘Crossing Point’ and ‘Italian Garden’, public open space, whilst providing a ‘green’ village character, created through the introduction of trees and hedgerows throughout the street scene, along plot boundaries.

Formally a Victorian mental hospital, Netherne is located on a raised plateau, off the A23 just one mile inside the M25 within the heart of the Surrey Green Belt. The proposed new village of 480 properties comprises a mixture of new and refurbished units surrounded by mature specimen trees and open countryside.

Planning Applications

Getting the go-ahead…

Dispensing with the Landscape Conditions associated with planning applications forms much of the ELD workload and our experience of different Local Authorities both locally and nationally is extensive. We have a near 100% success rate at obtaining planning approval for landscape schemes associated with development. A standard five-year maintenance specification is required with clarification of maintenance responsibilities in perpetuity.

ELD has produced many Management Plans to gain planning approval, identifying the long-term management regime for existing and new planting, grass areas, woodlands, ponds and public areas.

To assist planning applications and gain approval, ELD produces:

  • Detailed planting plans with associated schedules of plant species, quantities and planting densities with specifications for planting and maintenance.
  • Information on site vegetation: trees retained, trees removed and remedial tree works.
  • Specification and location of tree protection around trees retained. Specification for ‘no dig’ construction to permit development over tree roots.
  • Ecological surveys to identify whether a site is affected by protected species.
Presentation Plans

Bringing plans to life…

Colourful images, perspectives, plans and sections are useful in helping clients understand a scheme proposal. We use state of the art software packages to create computer images to compliment the professionalism of hand drawn presentation plans.

ELD can produce drawings and documents for Presentations using:

  • AutoCAD release 2009, with Artisan SL (landscape graphics & quantification).
  • Microsoft Windows Professional, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Various graphics packages.
  • 3D sketch and photographic style modelling.
  • Video presentations.
  • Manual production of presentation plans
Tender & Contract Administration

Putting our promise on paper – and helping others deliver too…

ELD believes the key to successful budget control is the production of a comprehensive set of landscape documents to include; detailed drawings, planting plans, specifications, bills of quantity and a full schedule of rates, issued for tender and used for the contract.

Tender:

To obtain best value, ELD recommends that tenders be issued to a number of contractors to obtain competitive quotes. Alternatively, we have experience in negotiating rates with a preferred contractor. We are experienced in reviewing these rates and advising clients on ‘best value’ for contract appointment.

Contract:

ELD has much experience in the administration and running of contracts, to include liaison between the client, site Clerk of Works and the team, the issue of variations, certificates for payment, site monitoring and managing costs for additional works, acting as a landscape Quantity Surveyor to completion of the contract.

During the Tender and Contract period ELD:

  • Provides a tender report for the client, illustrating variations in quotes, highlighting high or low rates compared to the expected rates.
  • Recommends the ‘best value’ tender to clients for appointment.
  • Monitors works on site to ensure all contractors comply with specifications and standards of workmanship.
  • Administers contract costs and accounts fairly and accurately.
Tree Moving

A moving solution allows new ideas to take root….

Design vision and forward planning allows ELD to identify opportunities for tree moving – relocating existing trees to a new position on site or to a completely new site. Semi-mature and mature trees can be prepared, lifted and relocated using a specialist tree spade ensuring that the scheme retains scale, character and maturity but on new terms. Our specialist contractors, Ruskins Trees and Landscapes Limited have been moving large trees, shrubs and hedges since 1986.

One ELD scheme saw up to 40 trees prepared, through a combination of crown reduction and root pruning, before being lifted into permanent locations over a 36-month period. Through identifying these opportunities at the concept and masterplanning stages and working with the design team to incorporate them in the programme, ELD prevented the loss of these valuable landscape features for the benefit of the client.

Tree Moving means that ELD can:

  • Retain landscape features that would otherwise be lost through development
  • Incorporate instant scale, maturity and landscape character to the scheme.
  • Recycle materials and improve sustainability for the Client.
  • Cost-effectively introduce large trees into a scheme, while retaining prime specimens that may otherwise be felled to make way for development.

We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.

Tree Surveys

Seeing the wood for the trees…

Working in conjunction with Hayden’s Arboricultural Consultancy, ELD are able to provide clients with professional tree surveys in support of development proposals and planning applications, in accordance with BS 5837: 2005, ‘Trees in Relation to Construction’.

Vegetation is surveyed to identify its worthiness for retention or reason for removal, producing:

  • A Tree Survey and Constraints Plan and
  • An Arboricultural Implication Assessment Plan that accompanies the report, showing root protection zones and protective fencing areas.

This report comprises an introduction and detailed schedules identifying each tree or area of vegetation by species, size, amenity value and condition. Internal trunk condition can be tested for levels of decay using non -intrusive technology such as the Picus Tomograph.

Tree Survey detailed schedules from ELD provide:

  • Tree reference number relating to the plan, identification of genus / species, crown height, canopy spread (to north, south, east and west) and trunk diameter.
  • Useful life expectancy, visual amenity value and landscape amenity value.
  • Comments on tree form and condition, with recommendations for tree surgery, in relation to tree health and/or to mitigate impacts associated with development.

We undertake work throughout East Anglia including the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Work further afield may also be considered.