Landscape consultancy opens in Manchester and Lancaster

LUC, a landscape design, planning and impact assessment consultancy, has opened two new offices in the North West as part of its national expansion plans.

LUC’s credits include work at the Eden Project and Tumbling Bay at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The firm has offices in London, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh and said it is increasingly busy in the North, having recently completed a study of the Manchester Green Belt on top of working on restoration projects at Heaton Park.

The Manchester city centre office will be headed by director of landscape architecture Tom Jonson, who joins from AECOM where he was associate director of landscape architecture.

His team will include consultant landscape architect Chris Cox and principal landscape architect Jacqueline Whitworth-Allan, who has worked on visual impact studies for Metrolink’s Second City Crossing and the redevelopment of the Old Trafford cricket ground.

The Manchester office will initially offer landscape design and urban planning but aims to offer more of LUC’s suite of services in the near future.

The LUC office at the Lancaster Environment Centre within Lancaster University will be led by Jon Abbatt, who has joined the company as director of strategic development. Previously head of environment with ADAS UK, he will draw on his expertise in arboriculture, ecology and land management to develop new and strengthen existing LUC services and market sectors.

LUC managing director Jeremy Owen said: “These are exciting times for LUC and we are thrilled to have on board highly talented new staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the North of England.

“LUC has worked on many fantastic projects in this region and our investment in these new offices is a testament to our commitment and belief in the North of England as a part of the country with tremendous growth potential.”

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