Process: Landscape design from Concept to Completion

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A : BRIEF

The initial meeting allows us to access the site and agree the aims of the project. We sketch ideas and select photos that capture the key features.
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B : SURVEY

A topographic survey (and architectural drawings) are needed to complete our work. 
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C1 : CONCEPT

Concept drawings include layout plans, 3D visuals and mood board images to illustrate the landscape proposal. 
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C2 : PLANNING 
RIBA STAGE 3

Additional detail is added for planning submission. We keep the information generic to loosely define the design parameters.
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D : DETAILED DESIGN
RIBA STAGE 4

The technical design explores how the proposed landscape will be built. This includes setting out plans with specification of all bespoke elements, hardscape layouts, edges, interfaces, drainage, levels, external lighting, sections and elevations. 


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Stage E : PLANTING

The planting plan indicates the positioning of new trees and plants. A spreadsheet schedule lists the size, spacing, quantity and price of all new plants. 

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F : TENDERING

The detailed design plans and quantity schedules provide information for tendering parties to price from.
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G : CONSTRUCTION 

We provide a monitoring service to oversee the work and ensure that the design is implemented correctly during the construction phase. 
survey-plan

SURVEY

concept

CONCEPT

technical-landscape

TECHNICAL

planting

PLANTING

Frequently Asked Questions

Locations covered:
Although our office is located in Brighton we can design landscapes in any location across the UK or Overseas. Simply call or email and we can discuss your project. 

Design Style:
Each project is different depending on the architecture and location. We design simple spaces that combine natural materials such as stone, timber, rocks, gravel and, of course, plants.

How much does landscape design cost?
All fees are referenced to the Society of Garden Designers fee guidance calculator, which is roughly 10% of the overall build cost. The design fee is broken down into stages which are outlined below. Generally, projects have a minimum build cost of £40k but it's probably better to speak to us if the budget is tight.

Initial consultations:
We can either visit the garden or arrange a Zoom call to offer advice and provide a fee proposal. 

Standalone Planting Design:
In some cases gardens can be transformed by re-planting.  Feel free to send us photos of your project and we will get back to you. Planting areas need to be greater than 50m2.

We source and supply our plants for your landscape design project. The prices we offer are generally much lower than typical online suppliers. 

Planning Applications:
We work closely with Architects, Arborculturalists, Exterior Lighting designers, Ecologists and Transport consultants to produce comprehensive planning application packages. 

Work within the South Downs National Park (SDNP) generally requires a Landscape-Led approach to all new build projects. In these situations we team up with Landscape Visual to provide LVIA's. 

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modern landscape + garden design
inspired by nature.



Nicholas Dexter Studio
55 Canning Street
Brighton. BN2 0EF