• planting design

    As softworks specialists, Growth Industry offer a range of planting design services to suit projects of all scales. From strategic masterplanning advice at project inception through to individual planting plans, we provide the information needed to satisfy planning conditions and enhance the quality of your scheme.

    Our extensive horticultural knowledge together with large scale masterplanning experience enables us to go beyond the role of a typical landscape architect. We provide appropriate solutions that are contextual, sustainable and designed to suit anticipated maintenance provision, ensuring that the finished scheme continues to look good for years to come.

    We provide detailed plans in a range of formats together with comprehensive schedules to National Plant Specification standards. This ensures that the correct stock is selected by the contractor and that the overall quality of the finished project is never compromised. Our links with commercial and specialist nurseries enable us to monitor stock availability and design accordingly, organising contract growing where necessary and avoiding the need for substitutions.



  • ecological and sustainable design

    Issues of ecology and sustainability are no longer just buzz words, with local authorities increasingly looking for evidence of a systematic approach to sustainability in design. With an increasing environmental awareness amongst consumers a high quality landscape scheme can present a solid expression of green principles and create a lasting impression.

    We always aim to work harmoniously with the site and its context to produce environmentally responsive design solutions. Our early involvement in a project will ensure full integration of a building within its landscape setting. We have experience of specific ecological features including sustainable urban drainage systems, green roof solutions, habitat creation and biodiversity management and can offer a full range of services from strategic advice to bespoke detailing. An awareness of best practice and appropriate use of materials not only benefits the environment but can also reduce ongoing maintenance, ensure scheme lengevity and help to minimise costs.

    We strive to work with those who have a proven record of environmentally responsible practices.


  • technical detailing

    With a thorough knowledge of hard and soft landscape detailing, implementation and current best practice we offer creative design solutions for challenging situations and can advise on the most cost effective methods of achieving design aspirations. This includes pavement design, roof garden / roof deck design, tree pit detailing, tree protection, aquatic systems, topsoil and bespoke growing media specifications.

    Growth Industry recognises that as architects and engineers increasingly venture into external space design there is a need for high quality, creative, bespoke landscape details. We offer a complementary service to provide the landscape design information required. In addition to planting plans and schedules we can provide individual construction details coordinated with your scheme and formatted for integration into your tender packages.

    In addition to construction details we can also supply full specification information; either on the drawings or in NBS format for incorporation into a master specification document.


  • plant procurement

    Growth Industry can offer advice at the inception of a project to ensure that soft landscape works fit seamlessly into the overall programme. By its nature, implementation of planting is restricted by season and this can have a negative impact on a programme, particularly for large projects where works are phased over a number of years. Early planning helps to avoid problems, ensuring that projects are completed to deadline and look good from day one.

    Early planning enables stock availability to be matched to design aspirations. With links to nurseries across the UK and Europe we are able to provide advice on contract growing. This offers potential cost savings, guarantees quality and consistency and enables the provision of specialist stock for unique schemes. We are also well placed to source large or unusual individual specimens to provide instant impact.

    During the tender and construction phases of a project, close liaison with both contractor and nursery ensure that only top quality stock is procured.



  • bespoke furniture

    The provision of furniture within outdoor spaces goes beyond mere comfort. It extends an invitation to spend time and appreciate the environment, to actively or passively participate and enjoy the urban or rural setting. We believe this opportunity and choice to pause is one to cherish, as appropriately placed furniture adds animation, natural surveillance and presence to our spaces. We enjoy creating furniture designs tailored to particular spaces that support their ongoing vitality.

    Street furniture should be essential, not superfluous nor extend a perceived need. Its style, placement and robustness should always respond to the use and users of a space. We design furniture solutions that in many cases perform more than one function. The installation of an object within a space provides either obstacle or opportunity: we explore multifunctional designs where maximal use is obtained from minimal intrusion.

    We continue to work with a range of specialist fabricators to deliver comfortable, robust and lasting pieces of furniture and welcome opportunities to furnish outdoor spaces on all projects.



  • management and maintenance

    A dedicated maintenance regime is essential if the quality and integrity of the original landscape scheme is to be preserved. Following an assessment of the anticipated maintenance budget, Growth Industry can design a landscape scheme that carefully matches design aspirations with available resources.

    It is becoming increasingly common for Local Planning Authorities to request the submission of a Landscape Management Plan as part of a detailed planning application. This would form an operations manual for existing grounds maintenance staff and if necessary the key document within a landscape maintenance tender package.

    Growth Industry are experienced at assessing existing sites and in preparing maintenance evaluation reports. A regular review of existing maintenance regimes can help increase the longevity of soft landscape elements, reduce unnecessary expenditure and maintain the visual quality of the scheme.


  • site liaison

    Growth Industry are familiar with all standard forms of contract, most commonly JCT and JCLI and have acted as Contract Administrators on a number of projects. We appreciate that the key to successful landscape schemes is to maintain regular contact with both suppliers and contractors and if necessary we can provide an on-site presence during landscape implementation to ensure that work is carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with our specification.

    During implementation we would:

    - Prepare / assist the QS with the preparation of on site valuations
    - Prepare / assist the CA with the preparation of Certificates
    - Ensure compliance with the CDM regulations
    - Produce Risk Assessments for landscape operations
    - Make regular site visits, inspect sample paving panels, oversee complex setting out
    , produce detailed snagging reports


  • the town park, Harlow

    A new vision for this 164 acre suburban park offering a range of social and recreational led facilities and attractions

    Allen Scott Ltd were appointed by Harlow Council to establish a future vision for Harlow Town Park and the production of a Masterplan Framework from which a series of key projects were identified that could be implemented as part of a long term strategy for the park.
    Proposals ranged from small scale improvements to footpaths and site furniture to more ambitious and strategic proposals including a green bridge connection to the River Stort, a new multi functional museum, visitor centre and café, a boating lake, sports facilities, an arts trail and the promotion biodiversity.
    The proposals were developed in close consultation with CABE, the project steering group and members of the public and were established within a sustainable management and maintenance plan to ensure the long term success of the park.

    Office: Allen|Scott Ltd.
    Client: Harlow Council
  • Bracknell development framework palette

    The development of an enduring plant palette drawing on local biodiversity provides a framework for all future development

    Growth Industry were appointed by Gillespies LLP to develop a plant selection palette to inform all future development projects in the town.   Producing a prescribed list aims to support a holistic vision and ensure visual and ecological continuity between schemes.  Prevailing environmental conditions and locally native flora were carefully considered in order to produce a palette of species that were ecologically appropriate and that would thrive in the long-term.  Additional non-native species were also selected were they would enhance biodiversity through extended flowering season or provide visual amenity in formal schemes.  The completed palette consists of trees, conifers, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, climbers and seed mixes.  These have been assigned uses in specific locations based on a three tier hierarchical system that identifies key spatial characteristics and uses.


    Client: Gillespies LLP / Bracknell Regeneration Partnership
  • maida hill place, london

    This award-winning public realm scheme was undertaken by Jon Akers Coyle whilst at Gillepies LLP. The improvements have redefined a new sense of community space at the heart of Harrow Road in West London, offering regular outdoor market and social events, dramatically reducing crime and providing engagement with the local community

    Maida Hill Place offers a valuable contribution to the public life of the Harrow Road community. Having undergone a successful public realm enhancement in 2009, the refurbished space is primed for events and activities. The design incorporates easily accessible below ground services including pop-up power, water and irrigation points and fixing footings for temporary structures. A regular outdoor market, the first new market in Westminster for over a century, now takes place on the square. Surrounding businesses are benefitting from increased custom and rental uplift. A grove of trees is maturing to offer shade upon the bespoke feature core-ten and oak benches. Increased pedestrian activities and events have contributed to a reduction in crime of 85%.
    Maida Hill Place won the ‘Adding Value through Landscape’ Award at the Landscape Institute Awards 2014.

    Office: Gillespies LLP with Jon Akers Coyle as Lead Designer Client: City of Westminster

    This project to create a distinctive green student campus was undertaken by Jon Akers Coyle whilst at Gillespies LLP. The scheme provides a new setting for residential accommodation and student life.

    An expansive and undulating landscape provides the canvas for student accommodation as the last phase of university campus expansion on the Uxbridge site. The dynamic landscape masterplan organises the 16 student halls and new student centre around distinctive landscape settings of open grassed courtyards and woodland surrounds. Access pathways and occasional traffic are combined within a shared space environment. Where possible, the existing green character of the site with its mature trees and hedgerows is maintained to provide a mature parkland character over the coming years. At the centre of the campus, a new student square forms the focal hub for outdoor events and becomes a principal gateway to the site. Sustainable drainage principles carefully manage on site water flow and aid in landscape irrigation.

    Office: Gillespies LLP with Jon Akers Coyle as Lead Designer Client: Brunel University Architect: Sheppard Robson
  • Ashford Riverside landscapes, kent

    The River Stour network, as an extensive green infrastructure corridor, provides the focus of the Ashford Riverside Landscape Vision which seeks to redefine the relationship between Ashford and its rivers.

    The Great and East Stour, that contribute to the Stour system as it continues through Kent, converge in Ashford. Under the banner of “Our Stour”, the vision seeks to reclaim and reinvigorate the town’s relationship with its rivers. The ability to capture enthusiasm and exploit an emerging environmental interest in such a natural system can not only rebalance the relationship between town and river, but also establish a unique identity to the Stour as its engages with Ashford. It is proposed therefore that the riverside corridors of Ashford become, once again, a defining focus for the town.
    This green and blue corridor has great potential to guide and inform many elements of the expanding town and become pivotal in reinforcing Ashford’s green credentials. The vision is captured as an expansive framework that seeks to clarify character and opportunities. The priority for this vision is the identification and delivery of small-scale projects in the short term, placed within this strategic framework of enhancements in the form of a design concept report.

    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: Ashford's Future
  • st. mary at hill churchyard, city of london

    Sustainable planting measures within a refurbished historic space will enhance the appeal of one of the City’s most hidden churchyard spaces

    Growth Industry were appointed by the City of London in July 2015 to undertake design enhancements for Churchyard at St Mary At Hill in the City. As one of the few publically accessible green spaces in the south of the City, this intimate public open space presents an enclosed courtyard environment en route to the Grade I Christopher Wren Church, rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1666. It forms a special historic urban space offering a hidden charm and character away from general public view.

    The design response seeks to clarify the courtyard space, giving greater prominence to the Church facade and tower beyond. The lower historic routeway is retained, with new stepped and ramped access points up in to the raised churchyard, which will benefit from a more open character, new paving and planting beds. The landscape design proposals seek to not only increase the natural visibility and biodiversity of the space, but also offer a natural infiltration of all the site water runoff from this land-locked site. In this way, soft landscape in particular will provide a natural wayfinding device and evident sustainable measure designed to enhance the setting of this significant City Church.

    Client: City of London Corporation
  • neo bankside, london

    Exceptionally high density planting provides show-garden quality for the opening of this award winning development

    The final phase of this award-winning luxury apartment development on London’s South Bank has opened following completion of the planting during summer 2012.  The linear arrangement of the landscape is reinforced by berms planted with semi-mature birch.  High density underplanting comprising grasses, ferns and shade tolerant herbaceous perennials enhances local biodiversity and incorporates many native species.  The residents garden at the centre of the scheme comprises formal lawn with more traditional herbaceous borders providing year round floral interest and a small fruit orchard.  A resident’s herb garden provides further diversity with a wide range of scented and edible species contained within box hedging and half standard olive trees.  The requirement for a ‘Chelsea Show Garden’ finish from day one to assist with marketing required unusually large numbers of plants, providing a unique logistical challenge, particularly as the launch date required that the scheme be completed outside of the normal planting season. In 2013 the scheme was honoured with a Landscape Institute Award.

    Client: Gillespies LLP Developers: Native Land / Grosvenor Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
    New Homes & Property Awards 2012: Gold for Best Community Garden, Gold for Urban Landscape Development 2012, Landscape Institute Award 2013
  • crossrail Place, canary wharf

    Cultural and historic narratives drive the design of this unique "floating" park

    The Crossrail station at Canary Wharf incorporates a large, predominantly green, rooftop park for use by both the local residents and passengers.  The planting design concept and palette were developed by Growth Industry in response to a strong cultural and historic narrative, inspired by the discoveries of the great Victorian plant collectors Hooker and Douglas and the incoming exotic species that arrived through the local docks.  The space is divided to showcase both Occidental and Oriental species.  The semi-permeable canopy structure enclosing the park helps to create a localised micro-climate allowing the use of more tender species in a location that is subject to strong wind turbulence created by the adjacent tall buildings.  Careful species selection has been necessary to overcome physical constraints, including shallow substrate depth and overhead structures, in order to minimise future maintenance requirements.  Environmental change and proposed local development were also considered in order to offer a sustainable and futureproof soft landscape solution. The park opened in May 2015 and has already proved to be a very popular venue for community events.

    Client: Gillespies LLP / Canary Wharf Group PLC
  • Private garden, clapham

    Sustainable planting for a 21st Century eco-retrofit of a Grade II Listed London townhouse

    In 2012 Growth Industry were asked by Arboreal Architecture to collaborate on the garden that surrounds a Grade II Listed Victorian townhouse in Clapham. Arboreal Architecture were embarking on a deep retrofit of the property with the aim of creating the first Listed Building to achieve the AECB Silver Standard. Both the clients and architects wanted to create a garden that matched the building’s sustainable credentials whist creating a low maintenance and highly attractive setting for the house.

    The front garden comprises a semi-naturalistic planting scheme that contrasts rather than competes with the rigid formality of the facade. While intricate at close quarters the subtle blend of white flowers, green hues and contrasting textures form a seasonally changing carpet-like plane to be enjoyed both from the house, as a tableau, or at eye level from the adjacent path. In contrast, the semi-shaded character of the enclosed rear garden has inspired a calming predominantly evergreen palette of cool green hues accented with white, pink and deep burgundy floral interest. The Japanese maple, nestled jewel-like within the living green walls of the courtyard adds height and structure and provides a strong visual focal point when viewed from the house.

    Client: Private Architect: Arboreal Architecture
  • Archbishop Sumner School, london

    A renovated pond and new bog garden increase the biodiversity and educational potential of the grounds of this urban primary

    Growth Industry were initially engaged to carry out an assessment of the existing school Eco-garden.  Having been installed several years earlier there were evident maintenance issues and it was in very poor condition.  A detailed report made recommendations for re-planting and identified a series of projects that could be tackled cost-effectively over a number of years.  In 2010 initial remedial work was undertaken including rejuvenation of the sculptural willow play features together with installation of boundary screen planting. 

    The least successful element of the previous scheme was the pond.  Covered with a metal grille and choked with dead leaves it supported little wildlife and served no educational function.  In 2011 Growth Industry made proposals to restore the pond and install a bog garden to replace adjacent failed planting.  The pond was cleared and the surrounding area stripped and resoiled after incorporation of a retentive membrane.  The recovered spoil was used to create a landform planted with shrubs and grasses that complimented the aquatic and marginal species introduced around the pond, extending the range of habitats created.  Within three months the planting had established successfully and the pond is now used regularly to to support the curriculum.

    Client: Archbishop Sumner Primary School, Kennington
  • Aldgate circus, london

    The creation of the third largest public space in the City of London will prioritise the pedestrian experience, introduce a new community pavilion and provide an expanded Churchyard gardens.

    The rerouting of the existing Aldgate gyratory will release valuable public space at this historic eastern gateway to the City of London. A new public space, framed by an adjacent school and Grade I listed St Botolphs Church, will reaffirm what has historically been a gathering place. A central feature oval lawn and playful water feature lie at the heart of the space, contained by peripheral generous seat edged planters. A new pavilion building designed by MAKE architects will serve the public and service outdoor events, sustainably re-using below ground former subways for facilities and storage. Dedicated cycle movements are accommodated discretely through the space. Lying to the east of the new public space, a redesigned Churchyard is established offering an enclosed garden character, rich in floral diversity to provide a calm respite from the busy Aldgate street scene. Successful heritage discussions have concerned resolution of railing boundary definition and a new inclusive access arrangement to the southern entrance of the Church.

    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: City of London Architect: MAKE Lighting: Light Bureau

    An extensive landscape masterplan for campus expansion has guided the design and delivery of a series of new buildings and outdoor campus spaces.

    ARU’s Rivermead campus has expanded along the banks of the River Chelmer with new student and education facilities. The landscape masterplan provides an overarching framework that structures a welcoming green campus that respects and enhances its riverside setting. Environmental flood constraints have demanded the landscape response offers a flexible capacity to meet seasonal water demands as well as being aesthetically appealing. An appropriate SUDS strategy underpins the design response. Pedestrian avenues and pathways, landscape swales and seasonal grasslands and wet meadows are provided to create a highly porous, sustainable and responsive outdoor campus environment. A new student square and parkland caters for gatherings and ceremonial events whilst a consistent palette of furniture and planting extends throughout the campus providing unity and aiding in wayfinding.

    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: Anglia Ruskin University Architect: Wilkinson Eyre

    The rebalancing of pedestrians and transport around the Grade I listed Paddington rail station will transform this gateway for many to London into a world-class arrival space.

    Extending over 350 metres, the newly pedestrianised Departures Road is located besides Eastbourne Terrace to the west of Brunel’s station and responds to the use and activity required of a major rail interchange. The public realm response organises and choreographs a series of zones to define a busy threshold, clear movement corridor and anchoring spaces as the visitor experience extends outwards from the station. Working with architects Weston Williamson and artist Spencer Finch, the artistic covered central canopy with provide a new destination space in central London. A robust granite groundplane, rich in small unit detailing, will provide the continuous, hard wearing surface upon which pedestrian movement and retail life will take place.

    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: Crossrail Architect: Weston Williamson Lighting: StudioFRACTAL
  • residential park proposal, kent

    Growth Industry developed design proposals for a new linear park as part of an invited competition in the Weald of Kent.

    Drawing inspiration from the historic wooded nature of the Weald and influence of river-incised landscapes, the new half mile linear park proposed an immersive landscape experience, exploiting and accentuating site topography and existing trees balanced with new habitat and recreational spaces. Growth Industry proposed a park experience focused along a meandering central pathway, expanding and contracting along its length to accommodate incidental park activities, play, seating and viewing opportunities. The design introduced a series upper meadows at the highest and more open part of the site, gradually transitioning in habitat and spatial enclosure into more intimate, sunny island lawns and terminating at an arrival plaza and feature play space, anchored by a multilevel community building. Cross connecting greenways announced their arrival within the park in the form of a feature observation platform and slender stilt bridge, recalling the hop pickers and stilt walkers once so familiar to the areas heritage.

    Client: Confidential
  • redcliff plaza, bristol civiL justice centre

    This new public plaza was designed by Jon Akers Coyle, whilst at Gillespies LLP, and provides an open and inclusive setting to the new Civil Justice Centre in Bristol’s waterside quarter.

    The Bristol Civil Justice Centre was opened in 2010 as a single location for all civil and family law work in Bristol and the wider Avon region. As a new BREEAM Excellent public building, a generous and inclusive welcome was required for the surrounding public realm works. Lying close to Bristol’s floating harbour, flood risk was a constraint which informed a sloped groundplane solution to resolve access issues and draw on the dockside detailing of the area. In addition, the site chosen for the building also lay within the Redcliffe conservation area in front of the listed church of St Thomas the Martyr requiring a well considered, high quality sensitive design response.

    In collaboration with artist Tania Kovats, a locally sourced Pennant sandstone plaza surface was created, richly contrasted with precast coloured concrete techniques applied to all external wall surfaces, step risers and sculptural blocks, alluding to the sedimentary and estuarine geology that underpins Bristol.


    Office: Gillespies LLP with Jon Akers Coyle as Lead Designer Client: Scottish Widows Investment Partnership / HMCTS Architect: Associated Architects

    Mixed perennials and multi-stemmed trees create a visually striking multi-terraced rooftop scheme in the City of London.

    In 2012 Growth Industry were appointed by Townshend Landscape Architects to design the planting schemes for three roof terraces at 6 Bevis Marks in the City of London. The terraces are located on the 11th, 15th and 16th floors of the building with the highest covered with an ETFE canopy. The brief was to create an attractive, visually striking scheme with year-round yet seasonal interest as a priority to reflect the constant social use of the terraces by the building occupants for client entertainment and special events.

    Plant selection was very carefully considered to ensure scheme longevity and ease of maintenance. Eventual size, habit and a tolerance of the harsh environmental conditions were key factors. The shade created by the ETFE canopy and the tall buildings to the south combined with the strong gusty winds experienced at this elevation made for a challenging project.



    Client: Townshend LA Architect: Fletcher Priest
  • birmingham centenary square competition 'Culturefields'

    Culturefields provide a new and coherent identity for Centenary Square. It will become the setting for Birmingham’s civic, community and cultural life – its front room, its foyer and its stage.

    The proposal manipulates existing levels to create a flexible central open space framed by active and inclusive pedestrian and cycle routes. An Upper Promenade provides a high capacity pedestrian route as well as places to pause along south facing terraced steps that unfurl around the library’s amphitheatre. A southern Planted Promenade offers a natural traffic filter and enclosure. Feature swan-neck lights, black and white canal benches and reclaimed brick ‘bridges’ are inspired by the canal boat tiller, lock gates and towpaths, and define new gateways into the space, connecting Broad Street and the square.

    Three central level outdoor terraces, or Culturefields, provide opportunities for a range of activities and events within the Square:
    The Lightfield: an interactive LED light grid will provide a dramatic and ever changing light show in the evening
    The Grassfield: a simple green space for informal family gatherings in a natural setting
    The Waterfield: a wet plaza and place of both physical and contemplative reflection, animated by water which once drained can host the city’s ceremonial events.



  • inmidtown habitats competition

    An open competition in 2012 to encourage increased biodiversity in our cities resulted in a study of urban origami, drawing on familiar, historic and cultural references.

    Growth Industry proposed an urban aesthetic that speaks of identity, modern materials, productivity and efficiency, embodied in the folded steel forms of the b house, the batwing and the metropollen planter. Our aim was to create striking interventions that complement modern architecture but also raise public awareness of the challenge of maintaining urban biodiversity.

    The Batwing with its folded wings of steel protecting an inner timber chamber, presents a bespoke and distinctive new home for bats, to be building or tree mounted

    The b house repackages and refashions the traditional timber hive system to form a striking new home for our urban bees. Its folded steel ‘b’ frame stabilises, protects and elevates the hive for efficient and flexible use, ideally suited to city rooftop use.

    The Metropollen provides a high capacity and high impact seat-planter to allow the successful growth of pollinating plants. The historic Metropolitan drinking troughs are now reinterpreted as large containers for plants and pollen, allowing for planting schemes that are diverse, sustainable and have year-round impact.



    This refurbishment of a traditional Victorian garden square in Southend provides a reinvigorated and welcoming contemporary green space.

    As one of only two green spaces in the town, Warrior Square Gardens now provides a valuable open space resource. The redesign by Gillespies sought to make the perimeter more permeable and active, allowing for a simple open and flexible central lawn to be maintained. Many of the characterful feature trees have been retained and a new sense of pride and place has been established. The introduction of a limestone plaza and cafe pavilion announce the newly opened up gardens from the street, inviting the visitor to explore further and promenade along either the northern elevated Lime Walk, with feature length seating, lighting and timber deck, or along the southern Floral Walk, offering an immersion into planting.

    The planting, designed by Growth Industry, draws on themes of Victorian romance. A permanent structure of box hedging, roses and hydrangeas creates a strong latticework pattern inspired by lace cutwork with the Victorian love of strong floral scents and perfumes providing inspiration for the under-planting of herbaceous perennials and bulbs. As well as incorporating many highly scented species the plant palette was devised to replicate the structure of top, heart and base notes used in the perfume industry.


    A collaboration between Gillespies LLP as principal landscape architects (Jon Akers Coyle, Lead Designer) and Growth Industry providing softworks design.
    Client: Southend-On-Sea Borough Council Architect: MAGMA Lighting: StudioFRACTAL CIVIC TRUST COMMENDATION 2012
  • monument yard, City of london

    Growth Industry helps the City of London to envision the future of Monument Yard

    The City of London has developed a landscape design for Monument Yard, Pudding Lane and Fish Street Hill areas. To assist their consultation exercise Growth Industry were commissioned to produce a graphical representation of one of the key areas identified for enhancement, namely the public space of Monument Yard, at the base of the Grade 1 Listed Monument.

    The proposal for the Monument Yard is to create a new public seating area to enhance the experience of this popular and historically significant space. The new seating area will consist of timber seats and granite stone benches with 'London's Burning' rhyme engraved onto the surface, new semi-mature trees, as well as improved lighting. The new seats will provide views of The Monument and of a new visual display, an enhanced visitor access to The Monument showing live views from the gallery on the ground.

    Growth Industry utilised knowledge gained in the course of its production of the City’s Public Realm Technical Manual to quickly and clearly present the high quality materials to be used within the refurbished space.


    Client: City Public Realm, City of London
  • The madison, south quay, london

    The Madison is a landmark, 53-storey residential tower development offering a new expansive residential green space in the heart of the emerging South Quay Masterplan in London’s Isle Of Dogs.

    Growth Industry were appointed by internationally renowned Make Architects to undertake landscape designs for the proposed residential development of the Madison. The design approach has been inspired by the rich and varied past of the site, drawing inspiration both physically and metaphorically from the polder system employed by the Dutch engineers credited with successfully draining and reclaiming the Isle of Dogs. The resultant design of the Madison Garden is a sizeable residential garden occupying 70% of available groundfloor space. The Garden character is defined by open lawns enclosed by a tree lined planted embankment and a sunken planted swale. The Garden will be semi-private/public in nature and will serve not only the tower residents but also the wider community, accommodating a wide range of uses and activities including external cafe terrace and outdoor formal and incidental play set within a strong natural environment.

    Client: MAKE Architects / LBS Properties Ltd.
  • city of LONDON public realm technical manual

    Preparation of the new Technical Manual for the City’s Public Realm will guide the enhancements of the City’s streets and spaces over the coming years.

    Growth Industry were appointed in 2016 by the City of London’s Public Realm Team to develop the new Public Realm Technical Manual. This design guide outlines a series of principles and specifications governing the design and implementation of range of high quality surface materials, street furniture and planting elements within the City. It supports the strong placemaking approach to streetscape enhancements promoted by the City and has been developed as companion document to the new Public Realm SPD.

    Client: City Public Realm Team, City of London Corporation

    Undertaken by Jon Akers Coyle, whilst at Gillespies LLP, the redesign of the Cathedral precinct in Leicester’s Heritage Quarter now provides a welcoming green space for city residents, churchgoers and visitors alike.

    In 2014, the new Cathedral Gardens was successfully opened by Mayor and Bishop of Leicester and welcomed hundreds of visitors to experience the new character and charm of the Gardens. The redesign carefully balances the needs of a Churchyard for calm reflection, relocated headstones and graves, with the desire to provide an active and welcoming urban green space, popular with city dwellers and visitors. Simple expansive terraced lawns and new pedestrian routes respond to site levels on approach to the Cathedral and adjacent precinct buildings, with a range of shady and sunloving planted borders, hedged enclosures and feature trees providing a sense of natural enclosure. The scheme retains many heritage features, adding to the sense of place and depth of history offered by the site. Cathedral Gardens has provided the backdrop to the Reinterment proceedings for King Richard III in late Spring 2015.

    Office: Gillespies LLP with Jon Akers Coyle as Lead Designer Client: Leicester City Council / Diocese of Leicester Lighting: Pritchard Themis
    RICS East Midlands Regional Award for Regeneration/Infrastructure, Placemaking Awards 2015 Commendation 'Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking', RTPI Finalist 'Excellence in Public Realm Planning and Design', BALI Awards 2015, Principal Winner 'Restoration and Regeneration'
  • the macallan distillery, speyside, Scotland

    Expansion of The Macallan Distillery promotes a landscape response uniquely blended to the whiskey making process and local context providing a world-class facility and visitor experience set sensitively within an historic landscape estate.

    The Macallan Distillery offers a rare opportunity to reinforce the unique sense of place that currently exists on site, bordering and encompassing an Area of Great Landscape Value. In response, RSH+P architects sought to minimise disturbance to the existing estate by creating a subterranean building beneath an extensive grassland roof. Within the estate, the landscape forms the introduction to the Macallan visitor experience gradually revealling the beauty and charm of the Speyside area. Celebrating the natural elements of rock, water, barley and wood, so influential in the distilling process, outdoor experiences are captured within the arrival avenue, the approach drive, woodland carpark and dramatic entrance arrival cut, within which an extensive water feature is contained. New arboretum trees are carefully planted, and atop the new facility will be a large extensive grassland roof, emerging from a proposed new Scottish native meadow to create a stunning centrepiece at the heart of the Macallan Estate.

    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: Edrington Group Architect:Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • st. helen's square, city of london

    Within the dense urban fabric of the City of London, the refurbished and greener St Helens Square will signify a vital sense of space and natural relief.

    As one of the City’s largest public spaces located at the foot of the recently completed 122 Leadenhall Building, this public square benefits from high footfall of City commuters and local workers. It is well positioned in the heart of the City and the enhancement will expand the quality and connectivity of the pedestrian core. The proposed introduction of a greater degree of planting and trees continues the historic tradition of vital and valuable green space in an ever densifying City. Subtle manipulation of the ground plane in the form of slope, steps and sinuous planter edge provide for both direct accessible routes through and more intimate places to gather. The new St Helens Square will provide a playful, inviting and contemporary public space experience, providing much needed space and setting to both the 11th Century and 21st Century architecture.


    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: British Land / Aviva / City of London Lighting: StudioFRACTAL

    Three thematic rooftop gardens provide outdoor recreation space overlooking Paddington Basin.

    A series of roof communal spaces have been implemented on the 5th floor of the Paddington Walk development on Hermitage Street, Paddington in West London. Conceived as three thematic gardens, each terrace provides a distinctive character and caters for a range of uses and activities. Intimate lounging areas and organically shaped planters beneath planted pergolas provide shade and shelter in one garden in contrast to expansive stone and decked platforms in another, which offering outdoor communal dining in a more open environment. All gardens contain bespoke furniture and lighting solutions to enhance the mood and character.


    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: European Land Architect: Munkenbeck & Marshall

    The new Crossrail station in Woolwich will benefit from a setting, unique to Crossrail, with its main entrance fronting the historic green space of Dial Arch Square.

    The urban realm scheme connects the station to the green space, the Royal Arsenal and Woolwich town centre beyond. A spacious and inviting space for pedestrians will be established along the generous station forecourt that runs along the eastern side of the square. This step-free public area will be composed of high quality natural stone, extending the quality palette existing in Woolwich, and will reinforce clear and logical pedestrian routes as part of the onward interchange from Crossrail.

    To complement this active strip, a paved threshold the Dial Arch Square is established to offer seating, signage and tree planting. This threshold responds to site levels and Verbruggens House, a grade II listed building, forming a raised setting for the house and emerging as a simple set edge framing a retained feature Lime tree.


    Office: Gillespies LLP Client: Crossrail Architect:Weston Williamson
  • All Souls Primary School, westminster

    Bespoke planters enrich the learning environment of this rooftop playground in central London

    Growth Industry were approached by the head to provide design input prior to the renovation of the rooftop playground.  The Victorian building in the heart of Fitzrovia had minimal outside space and limited access to green space, making provision of certain aspects of the curriculum difficult.  Working to a very limited budget Growth Industry designed a scheme that re-used some existing derelict planters.  These were renovated and relocated to define a space for quiet contemplation.  The planters were given new brightly coloured fascias to compliment existing wall murals and planted with a range of hardy edible and perfumed species, carefully selected to ensure they flowered during school term time.  A large new planter was constructed from external grade MDF finished to match the renovated planters.  The tiered structure provides space for a permanent planting of shrubs, grasses and perennials with vigorous evergreen climbers to screen the adjacent chain link fence.  The lower section of the planter allows the children to plant and grow their own vegetables.  The project was very well received by the children who now take it in turns to maintain the planting, encouraging a valuable sense of ownership.

    Client: All Souls C of E School, Westminster
  • Soar Island competition, Leicester Waterside

    We see Soar Island as a jewel and destination in the developing Waterside Quarter for Leicester. The island has the potential to become the natural draw and marketing tool for the entire quarter - its bastion and beacon

    As a point of convergence, the island should become a place of meeting, connections and community. Our island vision offers a confident outlook and develops its footprint sensitively and lightly to maximise biodiversity and forge a new relationship with its watery surrounds. Its spaces, buildings and circulation are rooted in a sense of place, exploiting views and conveying histories to a new audience. Every inch of the island should be accessible for public and nature from the rooftop, to the groundplane, to the water’s surface and walls inbetween

    Our design proposal creates a Woodland Garden, offering a natural wildlife sanctuary and exploration for the inquisitive; a central Island Factory enclosing Union Yard to define the public realm heart and embrace the city skyline; and an Island Park, with open tiled lawns, pathways and play. An active riverside is established via a canopied stepped ramp leading to new pontoons to offer a launchpad for adventurous urban coasteering, climbing and watersports.


    Client: RIBA
  • walton pool cottage, worcestershire

    Low Maintenance shrubs, perennials and grasses provide a garden for all seasons at this hillside cottage with challenging soil conditions

    Growth Industry were asked to provide a new lease of life for this steeply sloping cottage garden following extensive stone terracing works to create practical and accessible planting beds.  The brief was to create an attractive, sustainable, wildlife friendly garden that could be easily maintained by the retired owners.  The steep bank had for many years been impossible to maintain, was exceptionally dry and prone to instability, while a natural spring rising in the lowest terrace left the ground seasonally boggy.

    Plants were chosen to create an ever changing visual delight throughout the seasons when viewed from the principle reception rooms by employing variations in flower colour, texture and foliage. Drought tolerant perennials and grasses were selected for the driest upper slopes, animating the bank through ever-changing movement while moisture-loving perennials such as Irises, Astilbe and Lysimachia were selected to thrive in the seasonally wet areas. The finished result was the creation of a stunning garden which once established, will thrive with minimal maintenance.

    Client: Private
  • St. Matthew Academy, lewisham

    New inner city academy required extensive environmental mitigation on technically challenging site

    The project involved the masterplanning, detail design and specification of the entire school grounds of this prestigious £26M city academy for pupils aged 2 to 16 years. Involvement ran from inception through to construction as part of a multidisiplinary design team.
    The site was a challenging one, steeply sloping and on contaminated land in the Blackheath Conservation Area. It also including a wooded Site of Nature Conservation Interest. The project required lengthy negotiations with the Local Plannig Authority and the GLA plus the production of a full Environmental Statement and Ecological Management Plan. Extensive environmental mitigation measures were incorporated in order to maximise biodiversity and achieve a sustainable design solution. A full analysis of the school curriculum allowed the development of an external environment which maximised opportunities for outdoor learning as well as providing safe and attractive social spaces for the pupils to enjoy between lessons.

    Office:Plincke Architect: Architectureplb Client:Department for Education and Skills / Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark
  • ABCAM and Cambridge Biomedical campus phase 2

    A rich, biodoiverse and sustainable landscape design sets the tone for the next phase of Cambridge's Biomedical Campus expansion

    This highly sensitive site on the edge of the Cambridge has required a considered and thoughtful design to ensure it's successful integration into the wider rural landscape. The client and design team have worked closely to ensure a 'landscape-first' approach to the development is delivered from a strategic masterplan level down to the detail design. The new campus offers a range of appealing landscape environments, providing not only a pleasant outlook but more importantly attractive, useable and flexible outdoor working and social spaces befitting a 21st Century campus. A generous northern promenade accompanied by linear planted raingardens, tree lined roadways with landscaped swales, garden quads, comprising extensive planting, floral lawns, meandering walkways and seating are proposed. A key feature of the scheme is the promotion of an integrated SUDS water management system in the form of porous pavements, linear raingardens capturing roof run off, landscaped swales, attenuation basins and below ground storage.

    Client: Cambridge Medipark Ltd. Architect: NBBJ Engineers: Ramboll / PEP / Hoare Lea
  • Douglas bennett house, south london and maudsley hospital

    Discrete landscape courtyards enhance the restorative appeal for a new hospital care facility in South London

    The redevelopment of the existing Douglas Bennett House as a dementia community health facility is the first major project proposed within Maudsley Hopsital Masterplan Framework – a plan underpinned by a desire to maximise the central campus spine and develop opportunities to use the green areas between the buildings on site for improved patient care and appreciation.

    In support of this, the landscape approach to the external spaces surrounding Douglas Bennett House positively promotes the now proven and beneficial role that access to nature and green space can provide. This reinforces the Trust’s overall approach to patient therapy, staff wellbeing and excellence in 21st Century healthcare.

    The landscape design response provides a series of simple, robust and interconnected courtyards, walkways and defined arrival spaces. Given the contained nature of the site, each courtyard has been developed to maximise available natural light, inject a distinctive landscape character and actively engage with the internal building use to provide a constant and attractive lush green backdrop. In sharp contrast to more traditional hospital courtyard schemes that are dominated by low maintenance evergreens we have proposed planting that exhibits a loose, evocative and informal naturalistic character.

    Client: Integrated Health Projects / South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Architect: IBI Group

    A rich, biodoiverse and sustainable landscape design sets the tone for the next phase of Cambridge's Biomedical Campus expansion

    This highly sensitive site on the edge of the Cambridge has required a considered and thoughtful design to ensure it's successful integration into the wider rural landscape. The client and design team have worked closely to ensure a 'landscape-first' approach to the development is delivered from a strategic masterplan level down to the detail design. The new campus offers a range of appealing landscape environments, providing not only a pleasant outlook but more importantly attractive, useable and flexible outdoor working and social spaces befitting a 21st Century campus. A generous northern promenade accompanied by linear planted raingardens, tree lined roadways with landscaped swales, garden quads, comprising extensive planting, floral lawns, meandering walkways and seating are proposed. A key feature of the scheme is the promotion of an integrated SUDS water management system in the form of porous pavements, linear raingardens capturing roof run off, landscaped swales, attenuation basins and below ground storage.

    Client: Private
  • wye college redevelopment, kent

    Growth Industry are pleased to have been appointed to develop a landscape masterplan for the conversion of this sensitive historic site from educational institution into 21st Century residential accommodation.

    This Listed college campus has evolved over 500 years from it's Medieval origins as a monastic college through to it's final use as the Agricultural arm of Imperial College London. The site presents a rich tapestry of courtyards, cloisters, Quads and private gardens.

    Client: Telereal Trillium Architect:BDB Design
  • Riverlight, london SW8

    Strong colour theming provides identity for the phases of this new residential quarter by Battersea Power Station

    This major brownfield re-development by St. James located on the south bank of the Thames consists of six large residential blocks.  The rectilinear arrangement of the built form contrasts with a series of soft pebble shaped landforms raised above the podium deck to create adequate depth for tree planting.  Each building has balconies with brightly coloured projecting overhangs and the brief was to replicate the unique colourway of each building in the surrounding planting.  The overall effect on completion of the final phase will be a gradual transition from red at the east end of the site, through orange, yellow, lime green and indigo to violet at the western end.  To provide continuity and winter interest a base palette of grasses and evergreen groundcover perennials has been produced that will underpin the planting for each phase.  Supplementing this are bold swathes of colour utilising summer and autumn flowering species.  The use of multiple cultivars of single species such as Hemerocallis and Dahlia allow different colours to be used for each phase whilst maintaining a unity of form and simplicity of maintenance.  In spring seventy-two cultivars of tulip will produce an exuberant display, cutting narrow lines through the perennial planting to emphasise the landforms.  Tree species have also been selected to enhance the colour theme and increase seasonal interest either through their foliage, flower or fruit.

    Client: Gillespies LLP Developers: St.James Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • sky garden, 20 fenchurch street, london

    The history of evolution subtly underpins the planting design of this unique enclosed landscape on the 35th floor of a city skyscraper

    Situated on the upper floors of the already iconic ‘Walkie Talkie’ building this new public space is Europe's highest public park and features extensive planting surrounding a restaurant offering panoramic views of the Thames.  In association with Kew Gardens a unique scheme has been developed that takes advantage of the challenging microclimate created by the three-storey glass canopy.  Set upon a steep south-facing slope the planting exploits the variable site conditions to present visitors with an informative walk through a diverse range of plants.  Broadly divided into distinct zones from the tree ferns of primeval forest to cycads, early flowering species and finally diverse floral plains. The scheme showcases both familiar and unusaual plants from around the globe.  The project, completed in 2014, presents on-going challenges.  A complex procurement strategy was required to source appropriate plant material from multiple sources worldwide, whilst the aerial location required unique solutions to be developed to achieve successful implementation and long-term management.

    Client: Gillespies LLP / Canary Wharf Group PLC / Land Securities Architect: Rafael Vinoly
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  • planting Philosophy

    As designers and horticulturalists in equal measure we take a multi-layered approach to the creative process. Practical experience tempers artistic flair as we strive to produce manageable, dynamic schemes that transcend the merely aesthetic.

    Exhaustive research underpins our work with an approach that is experiential as well as academic. Extensive travel, observation of plants in their native environments and hands-on experimentation allow us to truly understand the living materials with which we work.

    In an increasingly urbanised society a visceral connection to the natural world is fundamentally important. We eschew the sterile and over-controlled in favour of biodiversity that brings the true richness of nature into the public realm. We work contextually and with narrative-driven design to create multidimensional landscapes that are not only ornamental but also educational and responsible, always demonstrating the highest standards of sustainability.

    Understanding the ephemeral nature of plants and how their communities adapt and change, both annually and through the lifespan of a scheme, inspires our work. We embrace the cycle of life and death to celebrate the beauty of seasonal evolution and decline. We reject the formulaic in favour of carefully compiled, site-specific plant mixes. The result is enduring successional planting that avoids stasis, enriching the urban environment and reducing long-term maintenance.

    It is our passion to create beautiful, functional and sustainable landscapes that endure for the benefit of all, thriving in the long term to provide added value that exceeds our client’s expectations.

  • Design ethos

    As predominantly public realm designers, Growth Industry believe that well considered and connected public space is vital to the continued success of our towns and cities. It is the canvas upon which we act out our public lives and as such its design should aid, not impair, activities and allow users to adopt and adapt it for their own use. We believe that this is fundamental to the success and longevity of great public space.

    As landscape architects working across all scales and spaces we have the ability to influence and improve the public realm around us. Working collaboratively with clients, developers, architects and engineers, we have the drive and experience to tailor a space, to make it lasting and distinctive, responsive and memorable. We assess a site, listen to its audience and creatively explore opportunities. We welcome projects that are both technically challenging and pioneering and offer an inquisitive and explorative approach to design, revealing histories, challenging preconceptions and understanding priorities in order to create well-balanced and inspiring places.


  • introducing growth industry

    Established in 2007, Growth Industry is a pioneering landscape design consultancy based in the south east of England and working throughout the UK and beyond.

    A drive to create exceptional public spaces where planting makes a lasting contribution lies at the heart of our practice. As strong collaborators, we enjoy design dialogue at all stages, commencing with the formulation of clear and concise conceptual ideas which are maintained and distilled during the design development process. We recognise the rigorous detail needed to deliver high quality, award winning schemes. We actively support the tender and on-site process to ensure that the original vision is maintained through to a sucessful conclusion. Growth Industry can be appointed at any stage of your project. However, securing our involvement at the outset will optimise project programming, prevent abortive work, reduce project costs and result in effective, integrated design solutions.

    Over 15 years as practicing Landscape Architects has provided a rich and varied experience and a solid understanding of the design and construction industry. Growth Industry offer a flexible range of services which can be tailored to suit individual project requirements. These include: landscape architectural services, technical consultancy, planning advice, public realm design strategies, detailed planting design, procurement and site liaison.

    We have access to a select pool of associated specialists such as ecologists, arboriculturalists, soil scientists, nurserymen, engineers and fabricators, allowing us to provide the best possible technical guidance ensuring projects are designed to meet current best practice standards for landscape design and environmental sustainability.


  • Katherine AKERS COYLE Director, MA(hons), rhs level 3 cert, cmli

    Katherine is a chartered landscape architect and member of the Landscape Institute with over 15 years experience working in the landscape design profession. She has also studied horticulture at Hadlow College.

    Prior to establishing Growth Industry in 2007, Katherine gained considerable experience at Allen Scott Ltd, Plincke Landscape Ltd, The Landscape Partnership, London and The Cooper Partnership, Bristol working on a wide variety of projects including rural planning, environmental and visual impact assessment, urban realm design, historic landscape restoration, parks, housing, education and health care. Katherine has acted as lead designer on over 60 projects ranging from small private gardens to large scale urban regeneration projects.

    Katherine is a kean supporter of ecological and sustainable design practices. She has worked on projects incorporating green roofs, pioneering SUDs systems, habitat recreation and innovative biodiversity loss mitigation schemes.

    Katherine's passion for creating public spaces where planting takes centre stage has led to Growth Industry receiving several awards including a Landscape Institute Award in 2013.

  • JON AKERS COYLE Director, MA(hons), cmli

    Jon is a Chartered Landscape Architect with over 15 years experience. He is a public realm design specialist, having designed and delivered a number of high profile and award winning projects. Jon has a firm belief in the choice and benefits good public space design brings to users. His projects have made lasting contributions to communities in towns and cities, places of play, worship, recuperation, business and residence. His designs are responsive, underpinned by robust investigation, creative design enquiry and delivered with a high level of considered detail tailored to each project. He is a strong advocate for design dialogue within the client design team, seeking intelligent and forward thinking spatial designs that offer deliverable, beautiful and sustainable spaces.
    In 2014, Jon was invited to become a member of the Design South East Review Panel.

    Prior to joining Growth Industry in 2014, Jon worked as Associate Partner at Gillespies London office for 13 years, providing design leadership and delivery on key public realm and landscape projects:
    The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (Civic Trust Award 2006, RIBA Stirling Shortlist, BRE Highest Award)
    Oxford, Regent and Bond Street redesign (Shortlisted: Best Conceptual Project, London Planning Awards 2007)
    St Giles Circus (Mayor's Great Space 2010)
    Maida Hill Place (LI Award Winner ‘Adding Value through Landscape’ 2014)
    Leicester Cathedral Gardens Gardens (Civic Trust Commendation 2012)
    Redcliff Plaza, Bristol Civil Justice Centre

  • Selected works South London and MaudsleyWarrior Square Gardens Bevis Marks Riverlight 225 Marsh Neo Bankside Soar Island Archbishop Sumner School Crossrail Canary Wharf 20 Fenchurch St. Skygarden ABCAM Clapham Monument Yard Bracknell Warrior Square St Mary At Hill The Madison Wye College Redevelopment
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