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During the Build

A creative, close-knit and charismatic landscape construction crew produces crisp results consistently in a building process which is fun to experience, while forging a durable outdoor legacy. Where would a garden designer or landscape architect indeed be without trustworthy landscaping teams to transform mere blueprints with big visions into workable schemes? Resourceful dependability, inventive interpretation and skilful uniformity form the true hallmarks of a successful garden construction team, a one which sustains diverse design dynamics with maturing experience, and prides meticulous attention to detail across varied project scales. In this article, we take you behind the scenes through intriguing pictorial moments which capture those definitive, delightful nuances when garden designers simply know the landscape construction crew has certainly got their back!

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1. walls 2. stone 3. water 4. steps 5. lighting 6. seating 7. planting 8. planters 9. surfaces 10. sculpture

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1 walls

Great garden walls form the definitive backdrop in many landscape constructions; their character enhanced further by the progression of time through graceful weathering. Inventive wall designs, augmented by attentive construction skills, intuitive layouts and lush, contrasting soft landscaping, achieve one of the most fundamental principles of well-crafted garden design projects – defining pivotal scale, framed views and precious privacy, while sustaining textural frameworks.

2 stone

Exquisite stonework is distinguished within all outdoor crafts in its intrinsic labour of love ethos, central in all landscape construction workmanship. Talented garden contractors facilitate entire landscape frameworks founded across well-drained, paved expanses through fine structural insight, materials knowledgeability and expert water runoff methods. Superimposed within these hard landscaping foundations, the matrix of paths, steps, walls, edges and natural stone focal points define back-breaking routines indeed, yet ones which are epitomised by dexterity, flair, patience, professionalism and the utmost pride.

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3 water

Well-engineered water features exemplify aptitude and expertness on both sides of the drawing table, or teams' lunch break... No landscape designer can produce a perfect, operational, man-made body of water without the expertise of garden constructors experienced in aquatic craftwork and their refined grasp of advantageous designer-contractor reciprocation. Willingness to experiment and perseverance, alongside a good measure of calming aura go a long way when crafting inspiring water cascades, coupled with plumbing ingenuity, masonry skills and electrical know-how, which naturally take highly ambitious, modern landscape architecture from blueprint to tangible soothing splashes.

4 steps

The knack for working accurately with garden levels across broad-ranging project scales is akin to having absolute pitch audibly, and this capability, augmented by years of setting out plan outlines to actual scale, enables perfectly reconstructed topography interwoven into flawless, enhanced ergonomics. Commencing with bold, strategic groundworks, and culminating in the minutiae of specific grout lines, smooth trims and a well-accomplished finish overall, the topographic remoulding which narrates a new landscape choreography forms the renewed journey we take through every outdoor space – sustained by dynamic level changes and enduring, consummate construction.

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5 lighting

The nuanced design intentions which permeate the layers of a built landscape materialise inextricably through reciprocal interaction with specialised, affiliated building trades. Adept outdoor lighting design heightens well-constructed gardens immeasurably, intensifying each and every constructed detail after sundown to reveal a utopian urban vision. This noble craft of the landscape design profession enjoys its crowning glory unfailingly whatever the outdoor occasion, although always unveiling inherent flaws and organic imperfections where due attention was somewhat less than thoroughly perfect...

6 seating

Outdoor garden seating encompasses skilful versatility as one of the most multidisciplinary fields of contemporary landscape construction, where masonry, woodcraft, lights, plants, heating, art, cooking, sound and storage are assembled ingeniously to achieve maximum comfort. Largely built-in, and truly characterising virtuoso garden construction techniques, the bespoke seating hubs which introduce pivotal focus into countless landscape designs articulate multifunctionality with valuable purpose as synchronised, all-in-one, integral structures.

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7 planting

Nothing is perhaps more complete than a multifaceted landscaping team which consummately concludes a garden design project with soft-handed finesse, planting out hedges, trees and perennials once all the heavy-duty preparation had rewardingly led to verdant foliage. Soft landscaping is undoubtedly a fine art form, a one sustained by meticulous, infrastructural groundwork and continual maintenance. Yet, no such leafy vision thrives merely by its drawn planting plan, but rather as a result of foundations set by its fascinatingly multi-skilled landscape contractors, creating anchorage, drainage, irrigation and soil conditioning expertly, while setting out delicate saplings, as well as managing the complexities of large-scale specimen plants.

8 planters

Rooftop landscape construction defines complementary labour capabilities, where custom-made planters necessitate integration of thoroughly specialised technical aspects. The substructures which sustain flourishing roof gardens entail well-fitted landscape systems, and when installed attentively and competently ensure long-lasting functionality in a challenging urban environment and its changeable microclimates. The astute understanding of these rigorous principles, inventive skilfulness and hands-on experience, supplemented with profound tenacity while working at great heights, cultivation insight and a tech-savvy inclination, manifest their clear benefits in well-made, well-drained and well-watered roof terrace havens.

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9 surfaces

Every garden surface tells an intriguing story – in the origins of its natural materials, its spatial qualities and indeed the pedigree of its landscape construction labourers. Tiles, hardwood, artificial grass, sandstone, granite, slate, basalt, limestone and concrete in all their variations form a vast gamut of designs, details, textures and building techniques, where brand-new synthetic products, closely juxtaposed with ancient, weathered or reclaimed materials derive their renewed meaning in the hands of accomplished craftspeople. This unequivocal passion for tailoring unique landscapes in the urban, suburban and great outdoors generates unmistakable results which are distinctly exceptional, while forming solid backdrops for entire schemes.

10 sculpture

Sculpting outdoor spaces into liveable and durable environments caters rewarding adventures for both our clients and the landscape builders who reshape ordinary garden settings into highly bespoke, outstanding creations. This shared aspiration permeates every layer of contrasting detail and three-dimensional attribute, everlastingly experienced through the progression of time and an increasing sense of depth, meaning and maturity. Garden sculpture and its numerous facets perhaps best portrays the pinnacle of such design and build achievements – enveloped and framed within the very sculptural frameworks which sustain its presence with flair and substance.

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Building Landscapes

Landscape construction professionals perform their trade in pure craftsmanship, free of trends, client-designer agendas, or architects' contrivances. The intense physicality of this craft, however, is a one determined by a myriad of continuously challenging site conditions – from the logistic complexity of groundworks in landscape gardens to the dizzying, windblown heights of urban roof terraces – immersed in ever-shifting weather. While we all select our best alfresco moments, when the sky is clear and temperatures are just right, the remarkably skilled landscape constructors producing these ideal outdoor habitats commence a demanding journey in each and every project, where the quality of their handiwork, utter dedication and expertise is forever developed through genuine camaraderie and masterful workmanship.


Even the slightest landscape designer tweak, minor plan revision, or mere budgetary edit involve schedular twists and turns which affect the building process, increasing its engineering intricacies, and when a garden designer proudly presents a brand-new portfolio showpiece, its building blocks, detailed precision and perfected finish invariably form sheer testament to its landscape builders – the very backbones of invaluably collaborative and fruitful teamwork backstage!