• 1459 EAC Early Learning Reference Design

    East Ayrshire Council

    Early Learning Reference Design

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  • 801  Kelvingrove from Glasgow University Tower

    Kelvingrove Museum

    from Glasgow University Tower

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  • 1364  Whatriggs PS

    Whatriggs Primary

    Looking over the entrance plaza towards the P1 playground

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  • 1369  Strathclyde University CSHW

    University of Strathclyde

    Centre for Sports, Health and Wellbeing

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Who We Are

We are Landscape Architects and Designers passionately committed to the creation and development of vibrant, inclusive and sustainable places. With over 35 years in business, our approach transcends style, focusing instead on people, place and resources to provide our Clients with a professional service and solutions tailored to meet their needs.

Friendly, approachable, highly skilled and inventive, our people constantly strive to help our clients realise their aspirations, whatever the size of the project.

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What We Do

We plan and design the space between buildings and spaces without buildings! From initial concept and design through to construction, we engage fully from the outset of a commission adopting a pro-active and holistic approach to design development. Whether as a Lead Designer or as a member of a wider design team, we enjoy collaborating with our professional and design disciplines to ensure that what we produce is both conceptually and technically sound.

We have a strong listing of repeat business, a legacy of our commitment to developing and sustaining long-term relationships with the people we work with.

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Our work

Encompassing the public realm, commercial development, health and education, leisure, residential and community based projects, our work varies in scale, complexity and context from project to project.

We are proud of our legacy and past achievements whilst constantly striving to improve the quality of our service and our design and technical capabilities.

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Aurora House & Solasta House, Inverness Campus

The development of this two-building plot began with Aurora House in 2013.  Intended as a high-quality demonstration project to lead the way for future plot developments on the campus, HLA worked closely with Threesixty Architecture to develop the site layout...

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Location:

Inverness

Client:

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Value:

£2.2M & £5M

City-Park 1, Aberdeen

Due to the significant size of the footprint required for this development, space for planting was severely restricted.  HLA worked closely with Michael Laird Architects to maximise the impact of planting in key locations and resolve the hard landscape...

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Location:

Altens Business Park, Aberdeen

Client:

HFD Group Ltd

Crosslet House Care Home, Dumbarton

The new building is located within the gardens and grounds of the original Crosslet House, a Victorian villa set in its own extensive wooded policies. Maintaining the parkland setting was an important consideration during the design of the layout, ensuring that as...

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Location:

Argyll Avenue, Dumbarton

Client:

West Dunbartonshire Council /Hub West Scotland

Value:

£10M

EAC Early Learning Reference Design

In early 2018, Hirst Landscape Architects were invited by Hub South West and the Scottish Futures Trust to take part in a pilot study with East Ayrshire Council (EAC) aimed at developing an exemplar scheme for a typical external play space associated with a...

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Location:

East Ayrshire

Client:

East Ayrshire Council

Value:

N/A

Edinburgh Schools PPP2 Project

The programme included Broughton High School on the original school site; Holy Rood RC High School set in an arcadian landscape within the Greenbelt in the Conservation Village of Duddingston; Forresters High School and St Augustines RC High School, developed as...

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Location:

Various Locations

Client:

Laing O’Rourke for City of Edinburgh Council

Value:

£165M

Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation, Kennedy Street, Glasgow

Working with Oberlanders LLP, Architects, HLA lead the design of the external spaces which included a substantial central courtyard created by the juxtaposition of two opposing blocks of flats. Designed to provide a high quality, contemporary, robust and...

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Location:

Kennedy Street, Glasgow

Client:

Balfour Beatty Construction Limited

Value:

£32M

Glasgow Housing Association Regeneration Programme

Working with Cooper Cromar on an Architect led Framework, HLA have provided landscape design services for a series of Brownfield redevelopment projects since 2009. These include a mixture of traditional two-storey houses, and cottage flats, and flatted block...

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Location:

Glasgow

Client:

Cooper Cromar for Glasgow Housing Association/ Wheatley Group

Value:

£ various

Gourock Waterfront, Inverclyde

The project comprised the regeneration of 3 hectares of Gourock’s town centre and waterfront, including over 1 hectares of long derelict and visually blighted land at Pierhead between the town and its railway station. The project was completed in January 2016...

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Location:

Gourock, Inverclyde

Client:

Riverside Inverclyde

Value:

£5.2Million

Haggs Gate, Glasgow

ZM Architecture’s layout provided a series of blocks set out in a stepped arrangement with the access road and car parking running alongside. The landscape solution utilised mature purple beech hedging to enclose and separate the garden areas for privacy at ground...

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Location:

Haggs Road, Glasgow South

Client:

St Vincent Investments Ltd

Value:

£175K (Landscape Budget)

Kelvingrove New Century Project, Glasgow

The refurbishment of Glasgow’s much loved Grade A listed Museum involved the largest Heritage Lottery Fund grant at the time. Located on the banks of the River Kelvin and adjacent to Kelvingrove Park, (a Registered Designed Joseph Paxton Landscape), the...

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Location:

Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Client:

Glasgow Development Agency

Value:

£18Million

North Lanarkshire Schools and Centres 21 Programme

HLA have been responsible for the Landscape Design associated with several school projects through this framework, including; Cathedral Primary School, Motherwell; Calderbridge Primary School, Drumpark Primary School, Coatbridge; Coltness High School, Clyde Valley...

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Location:

North Lanarkshire

Client:

Graham Construction and Morgan Sindall for North Lanarkshire Council

Value:

£N/A

Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT)

Hirst Landscape Architects were initially appointed by SMRT as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to undertake a Feasibility Study into tourism and alternative uses for derelict, open-cast coal sites in East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. The two chosen sites...

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Location:

East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire

Client:

Scottish Mines Restoration Trust

The Lanarkshire Beatson

Working with Architects, Keppie Design Ltd, HLA developed the external works layout for the project, addressing the various requirements for patient access and arrival and resolving a number of tricky residual interfaces with existing buildings and paths. The...

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Location:

Monklands, Lanarkshire

Client:

Laing O’Rourke for The Beatson Cancer Charity

Value:

£10M

University of Strathclyde Centre for Sports, Health and Wellbeing

The development of the new state of the art centre provided the opportunity to create a new student hub, linking three major buildings together at the east of Cathedral Street within a unified public realm campus. The design provides a vibrant and...

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Location:

Cathedral Street, Glasgow

Client:

University of Strathclyde

Value:

£31M