NPA Team  

September 2006: Ships Ahoy!

This year’s company day was loosely themed around Brunel to mark his 200th anniversary. The activities includ ed :

  • A Brunel tour of Bristol Temple Meads station, including the old platform, a gothic style boardroom and vaults.
  • Time on the Matthew learning about rigging and putting up the sails. The Matthew is a replica 15th century sailing ship which crossed the Atlantic on several occasions.
  • A treasure hunt on Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the Bristol dockside area.  

The day ended with a cast off/harbour cruise in the Matthew.

The annual company day is an opportunity for all staff from the Bath and Tiverton offices to join together and complete a variety of educational and fun exercises.



August 2006: Planning progress for Boscastle

The Environment Agency’s plans for flood defences on the River Valency in Boscastle were submitted to North Cornwall District Council in August . The submission covered 3 main planning applications:

  • Car park area – a joint planning application with the district council to widen the river to provide capacity for sediment and debris to drop, including raising the car park with barriers to stop vehicles washing into the river in a flood.
  • Downstream of Cornish Stores – widening and lowering the river bed to increase the channel capacity to carry high flows.
  • Lower bridge – an outline application to demolish the existing bridge and replace it slightly further downstream.

The council planning committee held a site meeting in Boscastle on September 1 to see the locations and proposals at first hand.

Nicholas Pearson Associates provided landscape character and visual assessment advice to a project team led by the Environment Agency and Halcrow. We played a key role in identifying where changes could be accommodated to deliver a flood defence scheme that is sensitive to its historic landscape context, whilst providing a safer environment for the future.

Since receiving detailed planning consent, we have contributed to the preparation of contract documents, to enable work to commence this winter.


    Cabot Tower, Bristol


July 2006: University of Bristol Master Plan Adopted as SPD

The ambitious master plan for the University of Bristol’s main precinct has been adopted as a supplementary planning document (SPD) by Bristol City Council. Nicholas Pearson Associates provided landscape and ecological advice to the University as part of multi disciplinary team. The work included the preparation of detailed townscape and landscape analysis, public realm design strategies and concepts, as well as proposals for the enhancement to the historic Royal Fort Gardens.
The area covered by the masterplan, which lies to the north-west of Bristol’s city centre, includes parts of Clifton, Cotham and Kingsdown and four separate conservation areas.
The plan will guide the physical development of the heart of the University area over the next 20 years, underpinning the university’s efforts to strengthen its global position as a centre for leading-edge research and education. It is keen to improve public access through the university, conserve historic buildings fronting St Michael’s Hill and enhance important landscapes such as Royal Fort Gardens.
The multi disciplinary team was co-ordinated by the university’s Estates team in partnership with the city council’s planning team and included CSJ Planning, project managers Northcroft, architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and Arup as transportation engineers.


    Simon Bonvoisin is introduced to HRH princess Anne


June 2006: Royal Opening at Lydiard Park

Simon Bonvoisin, Regional Director was introduced to Princess Anne on her recent visit to Lydiard Park to open the Corporate Games. The park, which was once a medieval deer park, is the setting for a Georgian Palladian manor house with landscaped grounds. Both the house and grounds are undergoing a significant period of restoration with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund Award.  Nicholas Pearson Associates helped to secure the £4.8 million Award and is the lead consultant for the landscape restoration, including the reinstatement of a lake, repairing the castellated dam wall and restoring the ornamental garden, icehouse, paths and vistas.


    Castlefields Pocket Park


May 2006: Initial Phase of Park Planting Completed

For the past few years, Nicholas Pearson Associates has supported the Castlefields Community Pocket Park scheme in Calne, Wiltshire by offering discounted fee rates and additional time. The park comprises new footpaths, landscaping and the partial restoration of a section of canal. The site was an existing area of open space and part of the gardens belonging to Marden House which had become overgrown. The landscape designs include using native plants and water margin plants to improve drainage. The first phase of the community planting has been completed. More information about the project or the support that Nicholas Pearson Associates have provided can be obtained from Paul Jolliffe .


    Daventry Master Plan


April 2006: Proposed Urban Extension at Daventry out for public consultation

Plans for a major urban extension at Daventry have  been unveiled at a public exhibition this month. The outline planning  application has proposed approximately 4000 dwellings, four schools, a  district centre and two local centres. Nicholas Pearson Associates has co-ordinated the  masterplanning and the Environmental Impact Assessment on behalf of the  developers, Croudace. In addition we prepared all the presented materials.  Additional information regarding the proposed development can be found from  dedicated Croudace Churchfields website, linked here.


    Sri Lanka  

March 2006: Winston Churchill Chance of a Lifetime fellowship bursary

Nicholas Pearson Associates director, Trevor  Turpin, has been awarded one of the coveted Winston Churchill Chance of a  Lifetime fellowship bursaries to investigate lessons for the UK from monsoon climate water management systems.  Trevor will travel to Sri Lanka in the summer to investigate the 2,000 year old techniques of countries which have to deal with drought and monsoon conditions . The applicability of these systems and their management to the UK under predicted climate change conditions will be analysed.

The  Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers Fellowships to British citizens  resident in the UK from all walks of life to gain a better understanding of the lives and cultures of people  overseas. Applicants need to demonstrate that their project is feasible,  worthwhile and of benefit to their community and to the UK on their return.  More information about the work of the T rust can be found on their website


    Planting in foreground with housing development behind  

February 2006: Landscape implementation continues at Priory Vale, Swindon

Our work at Priory Vale, Swindon, one of the largest Urban Extensions in southern England, is now in its 9th year. We continue to provide landscape and ecological consultancy services across the 260 hectare site, where the circa 5000 dwelling development is in varying stages of completion, having worked on the project throughout the master planning stage. This year advanced treeworks and landscape implementation contracts for five parks and infrastructure planting are underway. Another notable event is the recent adoption of the play areas at Tadpole Park by Swindon Borough Council.


    View of Arnos vale Cemetery  

January 2006: Arnos Vale Awarded £4.8 Million Heritage Lottery Funding

Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery has been awarded a landmark £4.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Victorian cemetery featured in the BBC's "Restoration" series and includes a grade II listed park and garden with listed tombs and chapels within a conservation area. The money will be used to restore the remainder of the historic buildings, monuments and parkland, along with the creation of educational, family history and community facilities. The first phase of the restoration programme to restore The West Lodge, one of two Grade 2* listed buildings at the main entrance to the site is now complete and it will officially reopen as a visitor reception centre in the spring. The cemetery is also to be part of a pilot for a new scheme from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport which involves:

•  the creation of a single unified list, called the "List of Historic Sites and Buildings of England", that gives equal statutory recognition to all its components

•  the establishment of statutory management agreements that allow for strategic management over the medium to long term

Nicholas Pearson Associates was responsible for the preparation of the Stage II Heritage Lottery Fund report, restoration plans and is the landscape architect for the detail design.



December 2005: New Forum for Impact Assessment

NPA are pleased to have sponsored the launch event of the new branch of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) for the UK and Ireland. The branch aims to provide a dedicated regional forum and dynamic networked community for impact assessment. It will allow practitioners and students to share information and experiences, and provide opportunities to disseminate good impact assessment practices. The branch launch event was held at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich on 19th December 2005. Key speakers including Professor John Glasson, Professor Judith Petts, Stephen Tromans and Timothy O’Riordan, examined current and future issues in impact assessment, its changing context and the implications for the branch’s development. These issues included the sustainability agenda, stakeholder participation, EIA law and health impact assessment. Further branch events are planned later in 2006, including in Dublin and Liverpool. Please visit: for further information about the branch, and see for further information on the IAIA.


    View of Bristol City Centre  

December 2005: University of Bristol Master Plan

A Master Plan has been prepared for the University of Bristol city centre precinct and is currently progressing through a public consultation process. The Master Plan presents a long term vision for the redevelopment of a number of buildings within Conservation Areas. We have prepared the Urban Landscape and External Realm Design Strategy report, as part of a multi disciplinary project team. This has included a comprehensive review of the public realm, and promotes the redesign of a number of key routes through the area, based upon the concepts of 'shared space', to improve accessibility and the overall urban environment. Proposals also include enhancements to the historic Royal Fort Gardens, which lie at the heart of the University.


    View of existing Filton Airfield site  

November 2005: 20-year outline plan approved

The Airbus Technology Park proposals at Filton Airfield received outline planning permission from both South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council on Thursday 24th November. The approved proposals cover the redevelopment of the whole Airbus manufacturing site for the next 20 years, securing the site's future for aircraft manufacturing and as a major employer in north Bristol. NPA prepared the ecology sections of the Environmental Statement. We undertook and coordinated a wide range of ecological surveys at the site including those for habitats, grassland flora, bats, birds, invertebrates and reptiles both directly for the Environmental Statement and subsequently to satisfy planning requirements.


    Planting at Plymouth Business Park

    People enjoying the gardens at Plas Newydd


September 2005: BALI Awards announced

Two projects demonstrating very different aspects of our landscape architecture skills gained awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) last month.

The Land Registry Building in Plymouth provides a gateway into a new business park. Nicholas Pearson Associates were the appointed landscape architects and responsible for the site landscape masterplan. The dramatic design includes an informal parkland surround and two contrasting courtyards. Design references for the hard and soft landscape elements include the wild landscapes of Dartmoor and the new building. Planted species include local native plantings as well as a variety of herbaceous plants to provide colour and interest throughout the year. The project also received an excellent BREEAM rating last year.

Plas Newydd is unique as a miniature romantic landscape and ferme ornee of the 1780s, reflecting the personalities who brought it to prominence in the society of that period. We prepared the historic landscape restoration plan based on comprehensive archival study, field evaluation and research. The report supported a full and successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which resulted in an award of £600,000 and the subsequent restoration of the gardens.


    Three Peak Team  

August 2005: Stretching Brawn and Brain for Charity

Congratulations have been extended to Nicholas Pearson Associates staff as they participated in two significant charity fund raising events.

A team of six staff participated in the Three Peaks Challenge. This challenge requires the team to reach the summits of Great Britain's highest peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon) within 24 hours. Funds were raised for the Greenfingers Appeal and Julian House. The Greenfingers Appeal is the charity of the gardening industry and is currently dedicated to the creation and improvement of the gardens at UK Children's Hospices.

Also for Julian House, a larger team of staff took part in the Brain of Bath Quiz. This competition has been running since 1999 and has 2 main objectives: to raise funds to help to alleviate the problem of homelessness and increase awareness. It has raised over £70,000 in its 7 year history. This year, 23 corporate teams participated. The evening was enjoyed by every one and although we didn't win the competition, we will try again next year.


    Highway at night  

July 2005: Renewing our roads

The Highway Agency's first Enhanced Managing Agency Contract (EMAC) has been awarded to InterRoute, the joint venture partnership between Mott MacDonald and RCS. This 5 year contract, for the Agency's Area 2, covers motorways and trunk roads in the south west, including Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and parts of Dorset and Devon. Nicholas Pearson Associates, as part of the InterRoute team, is assisting in the provision of a range of environmental services.






June 2005: Royal Rhododendrons

Our continuing landscape design work on the Oettingen Estate in Bavaria, Germany, has been highlighted this year by the creation of the Rhododendron Gardens within the Castle grounds, which have realised a millennium promise to the town made by Prince and Princess Oettingen Spielberg. The park is publicly accessible, and the Gardens were formally opened this month.

    Severn Bridge  

May 2005: ennillon yng Nghymru (Winning in Wales)

Nicholas  Pearson Associates has recently established a new initiative in Wales to help service existing work and establish new client links. Work in Wales will be spearheaded from the new Cardiff Office by Dr Matt Watts (Associate Ecologist). Matt currently lives in Cardiff, and has strong ties with both the city and the principality , stemming from his upbringing near Neath  and his post graduate career at Cardiff University. Work in Wales in 2005 currently includes involvement on two major  redevelopment projects near Penarth, including that at Penarth Heights for Crest Nicholson. This strategic site, currently occupied by derelict flats, overlooks Penarth Marina and Cardiff Bay , and our role, in partnership with Edward Cullinan  Architects, will include the masterplanning through to detailed design of this brownfield redevelopment.  In addition, we have also undertaken a range of  ecological surveys in the Newport/Cardiff area for a number of locally based clients.  

This new initiative in Wales will help us build on our long established  involvement with historic landscape projects including those at Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of  Glamorgan, Plas Newydd in Denbighshire , and Cardiff Castle.  All the relevant contact details for the new Cardiff Office are available on the Offices page.


     IEMA Logo  

April 2005: Quality standard renewed

Nicholas Pearson Associates have successfully renewed their Registered Environmental Impact Assessor status with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. The registration is a key quality standard for consultancies providing environmental impact assessment services. The Environmental Statement supplied with the application achieved 5 A grades and 7 B grades.
For further information regarding Environmental Impact Assessment services, please contact Dr. Trevor Turpin at the Bath office.


     Brockworth View  

March 2005: Four and a half years work yields success

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Brockworth project by Tewkesbury Borough Council and Stroud District Council. The project is the development of the former Gloucester Trading Estate/Brockworth Airfield, east of Gloucester and includes 1900 homes, a mixed use centre, a restored brook, public open spaces and other infrastructure.
Nicholas Pearson Associates have worked on the outline planning application for over 4 years, advising on the landscape and ecological aspects of the development proposals, preparing the Environmental Statement and Additional Information and evidence to support the draft allocation by Tewkesbury Borough Council at their Local Public Inquiry.
The planning permission means that we will be continuing our recent work on landscape design, ecological mitigation, monitoring and management plans for construction and the longer term. This is part of the detailed planning applications and associated submissions to comply with the planning conditions. This continuity will help ensure that the requirements in the Environmental Impact Assessment are implemented.


     Julian House LogoNeen Tree Trust Logo  

February 2005: Charitable year gets off to a generous start

Two organisations have already benefited from Nicholas Pearson Associates’ regular charitable activities this year.
The Company made a donation and, together with the proceeds of the Christmas raffle, these were given to Mr. Weir of Julian House. Julian House provides shelter and assistance to homeless men and women in Bath. Julian House is regularly supported by Nicholas Pearson Associates both at events organised by the charity and events organized directly by staff.
In addition to personal donations and sponsorships, funds were donated by the company to the Tsunami Appeal. The donation was made directly to the Neem Tree Trust, which supports a school for disabled boys near Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Apart from a general education, the school provides them with practical skills that enable the boys to help them support themselves. The school is located in the coastal zone of southern India in the disaster area. The funds have been distributed directly to families and children in need in the area; and particularly to a family with 4 children affected by cerebral palsy.
Further information about both of these charities can be found by clicking on the respective logos.


     Bath Spa Hotel  

January 2005: New gardens for a 5 star expansion

The prestigious 5 star Bath Spa Hotel is embarking on a major £10 million expansion under the ownership of Macdonald Hotels, and Nicholas Pearson Associates has been appointed by their architects, Street Design, to design the new external courtyard and gardens. The current hotel is set in 7 acres of landscaped grounds; it has established a reputation as one of the finest hotels in Britain, achieving many awards and accolades.


     Temple Gate  

December 2004: Team in place for Temple Gate, Bristol

We have been appointed by Ballymore to be part of the multi-disciplinary design team working on a major mixed-use re-development at the entrance to Temple Meads station in Bristol. Nicholas Pearson Associates will provide the landscape architecture services, responsible for designing the project’s public and private external realms. The private areas include roof gardens and terraces. The design team is led by Wilkinson Eyre, Architects.


     Land Registry  

November 2004: Award winning gateway building fully handed over to the Land Registry

This major scheme to construct the new HQ building for the Land Registry information systems facilities has been fully handed over to the client by TPS Schal. The landmark building and its landscape provide a new gateway into Plymouth International Business Park.
Nicholas Pearson Associates, as landscape architects, prepared the landscape masterplan for the site as part of a detailed planning application. The landscape design provides a dramatic setting for the building and includes an informal parkland surround as well as two contrastingly designed courtyards.
The project has now received an excellent BREEAM rating, due in particular to the use of native plant species within the landscape design.


     Greenwich Peninsula  

October 2004: Greenwich proposals include largest area of green roofs in a British city

Nicholas Pearson Associates continue to be involved in the Greenwich peninsula, as Dr Michael Wells, Associate Director, remains English Partnerships ecological advisor on the long-term management of legacy open space on the site. This has meant a continuous involvement in this strategic redevelopment since 1991. Local residents continue to praise the wetland park and the Trust for Urban Ecology moves from strength to strength as a focus for ecological aspiration and public participation. The inter-tidal terraces continue to thrive and support large numbers of fish and other wildlife.

We have now been contracted via Battle McCarthy to undertake ecological review of the proposals for the redevelopment of the rest of the peninsula, including the Dome itself, 10,000 new dwellings and many other facilities.

The strategy for widespread vegetated roofs is a particular challenge because the successful combination of ecological functionality for target species of derelict land and a visually stunning design has yet to be blueprinted in the UK.


     Cabot Tower, Bristol  

September 2004: Bristol University Precinct Master Plan team in place

Nicholas Pearson Associates has been selected to be part of the team for the preparation of a Master Plan for the coordinated development of a number of sites within the ‘University Precinct’, located at Tyndall’s Park, Bristol, over the next 10 years. The intention is for the Master Plan to be adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance. We are initially providing landscape and ecological services, including historical landscape studies relating to Royal Fort  Gardens.

The multidisciplinary team includes Feilden Clegg Bradley (architects), Northcroft (project managers) and CSJ Planning.

We are obviously delighted to be working for one of the leading higher educational establishments in the UK.


     Presentation of the prize  

August 2004: First NPA sponsored prize awarded for best dissertation

The Nicholas Pearson Associates prize for the best dissertation by a student on the Integrated Environmental Management course at the University of Bath was awarded last month to Robert Meldrum. Director Dr Trevor Turpin graduated from the University in 1971 and has been associated with the course since its inception - principally as a visiting lecturer on Environmental Impact Assessment at residentials. We are pleased to be able to offer the Prize for the student who is judged to have completed the best dissertation in each year - however we remain impressed by the standards achieved by all students given the challenges of part time study.

We believe it is important for local businesses to be involved and strengthen ties with academic institutions and to facilitate the exchange of skills and expertise, and see the prize as such an opportunity.

Pictured is Nicholas Pearson Associates Associate Director, Sara  Metcalfe presenting this year's prize to Robert.



July 2004: Westward Ho! awarded Blue Flag

Following the completion of the new sewage treatment works, the sea water at Westward Ho! has been declared sufficiently clean to have won a Blue Flag award. The award, which is new for the area this year, covers over 2 miles of golden, sandy beach.

Nicholas Pearson Associates provided landscape design and environmental planning expertise to the South West Water sewage treatment plant as part of our continuing partnership with them throughout the region.


     Bristol Zoo Gorilla Island  

June 2004: Bristol Zoo awarded 'Zoo of the Year' accolade

Bristol Zoo Gardens has been awarded the prestigious title of Zoo of the Year by the Good Britain Guide 2004.   Ranked as one of the most enjoyable zoos in the country, Bristol Zoo Gardens beat off strong competition to achieve this accolade.  Out of all the visitor attractions across the UK, this recognition highlights the Zoo as a �must see' destination for 2004, with descriptions such as �excellent value, with lots to see' and directly contributes to wildlife conservation.

The award recognises the success of a number of innovative enclosures, the beautiful gardens as well as the conservation work carried out.

Nicholas Pearson Associates provided masterplanning and landscape design expertise as part of the redesign of significant parts of the zoo.  Work included the design of Gorilla Island and the large walk through aviary.



May 2004: Strategic highways in Malta

The Malta Transport Authority (ADT) is putting forward a number of projects for the development of the Trans-European transport network. These require Environmental Impact Assessment studies to be carried out, and we have been appointed by French consultants BCEOM, through  AIS, to carry out technical surveys and appraisals and to prepare Environmental Impact Statements for these Strategic routes on the Island.

Arno's Vale  

April 2004: Nicholas Pearson Associates win Arno's Vale cemetery commission

Following on from our 'Regeneration Study' of the Victorian cemetery in Bristol, that assisted in securing a significant HLF grant, we have been commissioned by Bristol City Council to provide landscape architectural services for the next stage of the project.

As part of a multi disciplinary team, we will be preparing detailed proposals for the restoration of the cemetery and a landscape management plan.



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