With institutions, health complexes, schools, campuses and business parks, the large-scale, complex nature of these estate-like settings provides the perfect opportunity for landscape architecture to showcase its strengths in holistic design. Simple and seamless solutions are required to what is often a complex set of operating requirements, with the focus on building for long-term appreciation. Functionality, strong form and making a memorable image are all-important.

“A strong master plan can provide clients with a framework to guide the gradual implementation of public domain improvements,” says Associate Director, Mathew Knight. CLOUSTON’s extensive experience in this area has proved it is the success of the ‘big picture’, which begins at the master planning stage, to capture people’s imagination that will generate future design opportunities at a site level.

The future for public domain design looks exciting. “More than ever before, clients’ understanding and expectations for what landscape design can offer their facilities is increasing,” explains Simon. “From outdoor learning classrooms in schools and campuses to sensory gardens in healthcare facilities, the role of the public domain is seen far more as an integral and engaging one.”

The role of the public domain is seen far more as an active and engaging one