LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & CONSULTANCY
At Brackley Landscapes we provide a complete range of Landscape Architecture and Consultancy services to Architects, County Councils, Developers, Engineers and other professionals or bodies in need of specialist landscape design or advice.
Our services in this field include the following:
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Impact Assessment/ Landscape Visual Assessment’s
An Environmental Impact Assessment is an assessment carried out to anticipate the effects on the environment caused by a development. The formal document compiled as a result of an EIA is referred to as an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). EIA’s are not necessary for all sites but are commonly required for larger developments. Under European Legislation, certain
public and private projects require an EIA before they can proceed.
We have wide ranging experience in all aspects of the EIA process and in the compilation of an EIS. We have the necessary qualified staff and experience to project manage such a multi-disciplinary assessment and ensure that the EIA process runs smoothly and in the most timely and cost effective manner.
The professional appraisal of existing vegetation on a site may be necessary in some instances – this is especially true if the site contains trees of special significance (due to the age, size, species type and health of tree, special landscape history and / or the occurrence of TPO’s (Tree Protection Orders).
We can provide prompt and professional advice and surveys in all aspects of tree surveys, such as:
- Tree and site surveys in relation to planning applications and appeals.
- Site surveying and consultancy work
- Advice on tree damage, tree health and long-term management recommendations
- Advice on Tree Protection Orders
Masterplanning & Planning Applications
Brackley landscapes recognise the importance of input from a qualified landscape professional to ensure the protection, sustainable development and proper maintenance of our landscape on a wider level. Poor planning practise have resulted in a decline in the quantity and quality of public open space in recent years and it is only through the proper control of such areas at planning level that we can improve this.
We recognise the changing role of public space in Ireland today and the important role ‘green space’ plays in improving our quality of life, contributing to recreational facilities as well as attracting investment and a providing a space for social and cultural events due to the ever-changing makeup of the Irish community.
Brackley landscapes aims to promote the importance of these areas, as habitats with important ecological significance, while ensuring the conservation of our regional identity and character. We feel this can be achieved by the increasing involvement of a Landscape Architect in the masterplanning process of design and planning.
We have the expertise, commitment and, most importantly, passion to help form a vital role in the masterplanning and planning phases of development.
Brackley Landscapes recognise the important role SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) play in the sustainable development of our environment. Severe flooding on a national scale in recent years has highlighted the growing issues in relation to climate change and outdated drainage systems.
SuDS is a sequence of water management techniques and features which act to intercept and drain surface water in a more sustainable manner than simply relying on conventional run-off through pipe-work alone. SuDs acts to slow down heavy run-off and hence eliminate the likelihood of flash-flooding.
Management techniques include the integration of watercourses and attenuation areas into a landscape design while also providing areas where water can be stored, zones where water can soak back into the ground and setting aside space where surface water is able to evaporate.
We have the experience, necessary skill and technical information to plan and design ways of incorporating such management features into a landscape plan through the inclusion of amenity areas such as ponds, lakes and water features.