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Work Underway at Tech Park, Chichester University


Construction is now underway at The University of Chichester, Bognor Regis Campus, where we have been commissioned to prepare a landscape design strategy for the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park development extension. The proposed development will include a separate academic building to the southern site area and student accommodation to the northern site. The development proposals have been phased to allow for potential expansion.

Based upon the scheme proposals for the Tech Park development, the landscape measures have been designed and specified with the aim of enhancing landscape features as well as species and bio-diversity within the development site whilst providing identity to the university frontage and strengthening of the boundaries. 

We are excited to see how the construction develops in the coming weeks!


First Look - Lakeside Centre Feature in The Architects' Journal

Article written by Jon Astbury for Architects' Journal, August 14th, 2017.

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The new spaces replace outdated facilities with two sustainable, curved blocks

RH Partnership has completed work on a new water sports facility for Eastleigh Borough Council. Occupying 60 acres on the outskirts of Eastleigh in Hampshire, Lakeside Country Park’s lakes, wet meadow and woodland attract approximately 10,000 visitors a year.

The commission was to replace the outdated existing facilities in a manner that would embrace its rural setting. Sustainability was a chief concern for the council, which was focused on minimising energy and water consumption once in use, generating renewable energy on-site and increasing flexibility for future hire by a wider range of local groups. The facility has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, and sustainable features include photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels on a green roof, rainwater harvesting to flush the toilets and low energy lighting.

The new accommodation is split into two low-rise buildings which hug the contours of the land. The first houses multi-purpose spaces suitable for functions and group activities, staff offices and office space for partner organisations. In addition, it offers improved and expanded changing rooms to facilitate a significant increase in timetabled activities, better accessibility and improved security that allows adult and child classes to run concurrently.

The adjacent building includes public toilets that serve the wider park, a vehicle store and workshop for use by council staff, and a range of storage rooms for user equipment.

Client’s view

The finished building is a stunning example of contextual architecture, embracing sustainable technologies and providing a functional space for a variety of audiences. It is wholly sympathetic to its local environment without compromise to beauty and design.

Angela Taylor, project manager for Eastleigh Borough Council

Project data

Start on site August 2015
Completion October 2016
Gross internal floor area 800m²
Form of contract JCT Standard Building Contract
Construction cost £3.1 million
Architect R H Partnership
Client Eastleigh Borough Council
Structural engineer Hemsley Orrell Partnership
M&E consultant Delta Green (Sustainability & BREEAM)
Quantity surveyor Julian Church & Associates
Other specialist consultants Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology
CDM coordinator JCA
Main contractor The Construction Partnership
CAD software used Revit
Annual CO2 emissions 128.1kg/m² (estimated)

Lizard is pleased to announce that two of our staff have recently graduated, and have joined the team full-time

Lizard is pleased to announce that two of our landscape team members have recently successfully completed their degree courses and are now getting stuck in working within our landscape team full time.

Ruth Chittock has completed a Post Graduate Masters in Landscape Architecture at Kingston University, and David Walker has successfully accomplished a BSc (Hons) Landscape Management (Land Use) at University of Greenwich.

Practice Overview

Since moving into our South Street, Tarring offices in October 2015 Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology has continued to expand its landscape and environmental team.  We now have a team of 14 staff, and have continued to develop our environmental resources and services. The practice offers combined services in ecological assessment, arboricultural survey, landscape planning, landscape design, and landscape management.

Re-development of the Lakeside Centre, Eastleigh is now complete

Photo Credit: Richard Chivers

Photo Credit: Richard Chivers

Situated between Eastleigh and Southampton, Lakeside Country Park is a twenty-two-hectare site on restored gravel works, consisting of wet meadow and woodland. Offering walks, picnic sites and guided trails, the park provides habitat to a diverse array of wildlife including deer, foxes and species of bat, and is popular with local anglers.

Working in partnership with RHP and Eastleigh Borough Council, we prepared a development plan for the Lakeside Country Park to include an ecological and landscape strategy aimed at enhancing the existing landscape and ecological features present within the existing site area. 

We are pleased to see that the work is now complate and the space is already being enjoyed by the public. 

Photo Credit: Richard Chivers

Photo Credit: Richard Chivers

Landscape Institute announces Student Travel Award 2017 for ‘Healthy Landscapes’

Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology | Landscape Architect | Jobs | Careers | Travel Award

We are pleased to announce that LLD Landscape Architect, Ruth Chittock has been awarded the Landscape Institute 2017 Student Travel Award. The awarded grant of £750.00 will enable her to travel to the US to undertake a research project on how landscape can have positive impacts on health and well-being.

Ruth, who has just completed her Masters in Landscape Architecture at Kingston University, chose to focus her study on the adverse effects on health and well-being of light pollution, and how landscape design can ameliorate these impacts.

She will visit the Great Basin National Park, a designated Dark Sky Park in Nevada, in September.‘The night sky is ingrained in human culture,’ Ruth said. ‘It is a universal heritage which we share with millions of people across the globe and it has inspired generations of poets, philosophers, scientists, and writers alike. My aim is to investigate how light pollution is leading to the loss of our night skies and how this is affecting us both physically and mentally. I am really excited to meet with people who are working to protect this incredible natural heritage and try to understand what can be done in the future.’


Chichester Free School Site Progress

Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology | Chichester Free School Development

We are pleased to announce that construction is now underway on the part-refurb and part-new build of Chichester Free School. 

Hunters South Architects has commissioned Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology to prepare a landscape design strategy, including a  number of ecology surveys for bats, birds and exsisting site habitat, at Chichester Free School, West Sussex. The educational development comprises a conversion and adjustment of a former Carmelite Convent and the construction of two new primary and secondary teaching wings to accommodate 1,280 pupils and a team of 122 teaching staff at its full capacity. 

Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology | Chichester Free School Development

Northwood School, Hillingdon, has been shortlisted for the London LABC Building Excellence Award for 'Best Educational Building' 

Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology | Northwood School Development Hillington Middlesex

We are very pleased to announce that our recent redevelopment of Northwood Secondary School has been shortlisted for the London LABC Building Excellence Award for 'Best Educational Building'. 

The £35 million project, delivered alongside Hunters South Architects, Farrans Construction and Hillingdon Council will offer 1,080 school places for pupils in Hillingdon. 



Take a look at the construction time-lapse of the build:

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