AXIS HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT of all aspects of the external environment.  At the core of the AXIS design team are our Chartered Landscape Architects and Urban Designers who help to make successful development possible through their holistic approach to the design of the external environment.  Increasing emphasis on sustainability, liveability and environmental conservation means that sensitive application of landscape and urban design skills is becoming a pre-requisite for projects across most sectors of our work.

AXIS can assist at all stages of the design process, from site appraisal, through strategic master planning, detailed design and supervision of construction works, to the management/aftercare of implemented schemes.  The design team has a particularly strong track record in providing integrated design solutions for major infrastructure projects – often a key component of a successful planning submission.

AXIS has particular experience in the landscape and visual impact assessment of development proposals in a variety of sectors.  Landscape and visual impact assessment is an integral part of the design process, which can identify key constraints and design solutions, influencing the final design of a scheme. This can result in the reduction or elimination of adverse impacts thereby maximising the likelihood of gaining planning consent for new development.

AXIS has a dedicated graphics team responsible for preparing clear and accurate visual material to support planning applications and landscape and visual assessments, and for use at public exhibition and other presentation purposes.  Well-presented and easy-to-read drawings, figures and images are produced in a range of formats.  The visibility of any development can be calculated digitally via the use of computer-generated Zones of Theoretical Visibility mapping.  Computer models of development proposals are created using industry-standard software such as ‘3D Studio Max’ and ‘Resoft Windfarm’; these are then used to generate photo-realistic images of a development, which are mathematically verifiable and accord with recognised industry best practice guidelines.

Professional services include:

  • site appraisal and feasibility studies;
  • concept design, design strategies, design guidelines and master planning;
  • development of detailed design proposals;
  • landscape and visual impact assessment;
  • liaison with other professionals, statutory consultees, planning authorities;
  • preparation of drawings, schedules, specifications and schedules of quantity in sufficient detail to tender, construct and maintain hard and soft landscape works;
  • inspection of works on site and administration of contracts, including certification of works and payments;
  • preparation of landscape management and maintenance plans;
  • preparation of public exhibition materials; and
  • preparation of photomontages.

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