ASL to expand North West landscape team

Michael Hunt

Architectural firm Austin-Smith:Lord is expanding its landscape team on the back of existing contracts worth £170m.

The firm said it is now seeking to appoint new senior landscape architects to its landscape team, which currently consists of nine employees.

ASL said the ongoing economic challenges facing development have led to increased investment in public realm projects, as a cost-effective way of stimulating regeneration. The firm said it is looking to make the appointments to capitalise on this rising demand.

Based across its Liverpool and Manchester studios, the landscape team specialises in urban design, masterplanning, and landscape restoration.

 Neil Chapman partner Austin Smith LordNeil Chapman, partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, said: "With the development market still in recovery, urban realm improvements have become an increasingly attractive way of uplifting inner city environments.

"This, combined with the fact that collaborative work with our architects, urban designers and conservation specialists continues to open up new opportunities for the landscape team, means we see the practice as a compelling area for growth in the North West.

"We already have a healthy pipeline of projects for 2010/2011 and are looking to recruit more talented landscape practitioners to help take the practice forward."

Austin-Smith:Lord is currently working on £170m worth of landscape projects across the north of England and Wales. These include external works for the Wolverhampton Transport Interchange, Liverpool Central Library, Wigan Boys and Girls Club and the third phase of Manchester's Metrolink expansion.

ASL employs a total of 58 people in Liverpool and 27 in Manchester.

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