Stuart Holmes

Principal Consultant

01733 310 471

Since joining LDA Design, I have contributed to residential development, park design, historic park restoration and podium deck landscape design. I have conceived signage and wayfinding strategies, art strategies, play strategies and SuDS design guides. I am currently working on a 1,300 home development on a green field site in Surrey and an application for a residential led, circa 650-unit, mixed-use brownfield development in East London.

Prior to joining LDA Design I gained experience in small scale landscape design and implementation projects and built a strong knowledge in coastal planting design.

I have developed a keen interest in the ideas behind layered perennial food gardens and how these principles could be used to create a productive landscape to nestle residential development within.

I spend most evenings out on the water in my single scull or a crew boat.


The last book I read was ...

Inviolable Hills: Ecology, Conservation and Regeneration of the British Uplands by Robert Hart.

I love the view from …

Battery Cottage, Portmeirion overlooking the Dwyrd Estuary toward Ynys Gifftan. The window frames the view perfectly and always inspires a wade out to the island.

As a landscape architect, what first inspired you?

At the risk of sounding sycophantic, the work done in places like Warrington New Town where urban forest style developments were pioneered by our chairman Robert Tregay and the rest of the DC design team. My interest in the ‘Warrington approach’ was further developed by my tutor Anna Jorgensen during my time at Sheffield. My current research interests have drawn me to the work of Robert Hart, Patrick Whitefield and Martin Crawford.

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