Sweco expands landscape architecture offering

Engineering and environmental consultancy Sweco UK has launched a new landscape architecture service from its existing office in central Manchester as part of the firm’s growing offer for the planning and design of the communities and cities of the future.

The new service has launched thanks to the appointments of technical director Phillip Black and associates John Meehan and Robin Meade. All three are Chartered Landscape Architects with over 50 years’ consultancy experience between them. The new team will further strengthen Sweco’s existing landscape team which is based in the Leeds and Glasgow offices, with Philip Black leading the UK team from Manchester as part of his new role.

Commenting on the appointments, Iain Scott, director of transportation, landscape and environment, said:

“The appointment of these talented individuals complements our existing landscape architecture offering, and enables us to provide enhanced environmental and landscape services to our key clients across the UK.”

The new team have been involved in inquiry successes for clients in the North West and the wider UK. Recent projects have also included townscape and tall building assessments that address the environmental and design challenges associated with the scale of urban regeneration underway in city centres such as Manchester.

Commenting on his new role and the strengthened landscape team, Philip Black said:

“Sweco has a global reputation for being at the forefront of design and engineering, and I am excited to be taking the lead in planning the cities and communities of the future. The landscape architecture team boasts a great deal of talent, and in expanding into Manchester we are well placed to capitalise on the government’s focus on strengthening the cities in the north of England.”

Phil, John and Robin’s landscape planning expertise complements the existing Sweco landscape team which has been involved in projects such as the masterplanning of Greengate, Salford and design of the Talbot Gateway Central Business District in Blackpool.