AREA was established in 2006 by Chartered Landscape Architects Max and Charlotte Norman, who met in practice in London after working in Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands and the Middle East. From our waterfront studio at Pin Mill near Ipswich we are working on civic, commercial and occasional private development projects across the UK and beyond. We specialise in finding elegant but practical solutions for difficult sites with complex planning issues.
We work closely with our clients, professional colleagues and other stakeholders to elicit and enhance the unique value and potential of each site. Our overriding aim is to create places which can delight and surprise but always make sense; are coherent, comfortable, beautiful and sustainable, both environmentally and economically.
We understand that clients want good ideas, delivered with robust attention to detail and budgets, meticulously coordinated with project partners. We carefully analyse the site and brief and aim to respond with ingenuity grounded in our technical skills and experience in art and architecture, ecology, geography, planning, horticulture, marketing and materials technology.
We work across a wide variety of sectors, settings and scales including landscape design for social and private housing, public parks, squares and streets, ‘deck landscapes’ from roof top courtyard gardens to large scale sections of elevated public realm, health care projects including elderly care and hospices, and in the education sector.
We have also recently completed a number of Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisals to support planning applications and appeals, feasibility studies, and designed and built a low energy house and garden in the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB.
AREA has established enduring relationships with many of our clients; consultants, development consortia and local authorities, who come back to us when quality of place is central to a development vision. Recent clients include:
ABELLIO GREATER ANGLIA
THE CHURCHMANOR ESTATE
EAST THAMES HOUSING
THE GROSVENOR ESTATE
LONDON BOROUGH OF ISLINGTON
LONDON BOROUGH OF MERTON
NOAH'S ARK CHILDREN'S HOSPICE
POLLARD THOMAS EDWARDS
TOWER HAMLETS HOMES