Our values & culture

Our purpose has held good at LDA Design for nearly 40 years now: to make great places and shape the world around us for the better.

We have five values:

People – We nurture a great team who are glad to work here and deliver for our clients as trusted partners. We ensure that users are a key driver in our projects, and we are alert to social impacts.

Landscape – We believe passionately in landscape as a fundamental building block of place: it is what connects people and place. The importance of the environment and the goals of sustainable development are central to our business.

Innovation and ideas – We see what needs to change in the world, and we want to be agents of that change, through creativity, innovation and ideas.

Spirit – We are ambitious about what we want to achieve. Daily life at LDA Design is spirited and energetic, often reaching way beyond the ordinary.

Commercial success – We are an independent consultancy and we need to be profitable, and to realise our clients’ ambitions as well.


Our culture

Our culture is shaped by our purpose and values.

Creative thinking is fundamental to what we do. We want all our work to be excellent, and be commercially strong. We want to be a great place to work, with life at LDA Design feeling like a rich mix that goes beyond the professional – enjoyable, fun and highly rewarding.

Our origins lie in landscape architecture, and the original meaning of the word landscape is to create a place where people belong. We understand how people use space. So for us, design is a social endeavour, and we think people first.

Our ‘one business’ ethos means that we work and learn together across the organisation, striving to be the best in everything we do. Health and safety are at the core of all of our projects.

We have three drivers: to continually refresh our understanding of what our clients want; to ensure our purpose, values and culture shine through everything we say and do; and to deliver great work within budget and programme.