WSP takes an integrated, sustainable and evidence-based approach to delivering award-winning landscape and urban design services at every stage of the assessment, planning, design and construction cycle.

Gathering pressure on the world’s natural resources has put developing sustainable communities high on social, political and economic agendas everywhere. WSP’s landscape and urban design specialists are expertly placed to provide a holistic approach to creating sustainable places where people want to live and work.

Award-winning expertise

We take an integrated, sustainable and evidence-based approach, delivering award-winning landscape and urban design services.  Our landscape, water engineering and environmental work on Herne Hill & Dulwich Flood Alleviation scheme won three awards, including the Environment Agency Project Excellence Award Partnership Working, the ICE London Judges Special Award for Contribution to Community and the British Construction Industry Award for Sustainability. 

Projects include designing a windfarm layout for Longburn Windfarm in Dumfries and Galloway to provide sustainable energy for up to 15,000 homes, working around significant archaeological, ecological and recreation constraints, and bringing economic benefits for local communities and businesses. For the brand new Barking Riverside neighbourhood development on 2km of Thames riverfront, our site-wide streetscape design for all street and public spaces responds to context, efficiently links key local points of interest and created a unique sense of place for residents and visitors. 

50 experts, 500 years’ experience

Our 50 UK landscape architects can be found in 11 offices across the UK, delivering high quality services for clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We are a registered practice with the Landscape Institute and Urban Design Group, and offer clients over 500 years’ combined professional experience.

Expertise at every project stage 

We are experts at every stage of the assessment, planning, design and construction cycle. We support clients from initial concept development to aftercare and maintenance, providing a comprehensive range of landscape design services at all scales. 

Clients are supported through the planning and development process, ensuring sustainable and successful outcomes. We’re among market leaders in landscape visual impact assessment (LVIA) for Highways such as A9 Dualling and A30 Temple to Higher Carblake improvement scheme, Rail projects such as Northern Hub electrification programme and High Speed 2, and Energy projects including the Beauly – Denny transmission line and numerous Development Consent Order applications for power stations. 

Our capabilities include:
Landscape planning
Landscape design 
Public realm design
Placemaking and urban design
Landscape and townscape visual impact assessment including expert witness at public inquiry
Sustainable urban drainage systems 
Land restoration 
Technical guidance 

Typical tasks include:

Assessing the quality and character of existing and proposed landscape and townscape features to fit a new development and successfully gain planning approval
Analysing baseline data to formulate robust design objectives
Developing evidence-based, integrated and sustainable design solutions 
Organising and running contracts, preparing drawings, specifications, management plans and cost estimates
Influencing engagement strategy and preparing consultation materials to engage stakeholders and communities 
Inspecting landscape work to ensure it adheres to original proposals and meets client needs and expectations.