Fourteen years of experience building gardens in the landscape industry have given James an understanding of what clients want from the design and build process. Simplicity, progressive reduction and attention to detail are key principles, and the results are contemporary spaces that blend seamlessly into their new surroundings with a sensitivity that allows for the context, history and ecology of a place to remain.
His recent graduation from the highly regarded London College of Garden Design, based at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has enabled James to take his design skills to the next level.
Combining his existing network in Yorkshire with his new found connections with top garden designers, landscaping companies, suppliers and nurseries across the UK, James is able to provide the very highest quality of garden design and build.
Based on the theatrical connection of The Savoy Hotel, London, these are a few visuals of a courtyard proposal I designed entitled “Behind the curtain”.
As a graduate of the prestigious London College of Garden Design, we were given the opportunity to redesign an unknown and under utilised area within The Savoy Hotel. A series of living walls and rooves hide a multitude of unsightly ducting and provides a lush green textured feel representative of the layers of its 136 year history.
The water feature provides a noise masking solution and adds movement to the space, whilst the creation of “London Fog” through a series of misting jets provides theatre and drama.
The site for my final project at the London College of Garden Design was a 50 acre site in the Serra De Tramuntana mountain range in Mallorca. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and with approximately 40 acres being a protected area of outstanding natural beauty, I concentrated my design on the 11 acres of fields around the house that were formerly a Carob bean plantation.
It plays with power and the diametrically opposing forces of man and nature in the world. Strong art in- fluences of the client combined with a mountainous landscape allowed strong pyramidial like structures to hold their own, creating a landscape of tension and wonder within the site.
Size and scale was played with in what was described by Andrew Wilson as “having something of the monumental about it”.
A small overlooked north facing site presented us with the problem of very little sunlight and privacy. The solution was to embrace those elements and enclose the garden with a mixture of high hand-burnt larch fencing and a feature dry stone wall. A mixture of evergreen foliage, bamboos and a large Magnolia Grandiflora provide year round interest and texture. The lighting enables after dark use and a controllable mood, whilst the locally sourced pig trough water feature provides a relaxing background sound track, deadening the sound of the busy main road.
Designed around a contemporary new build property in Leicestershire, this garden was all about the uninterrupted countryside views. Formality played a key part in the structure of the garden with a combination of clipped box, yew domes, table top lime trees and multi-stemmed Catalpa being used. A mixture of grasses and evergreen ground cover were used to soften the strong design lines and hold the space within the surrounding fields.