Landscape Architecture


Including a landscape architect in the early stages of subdivision design can provide a number of short term and long term benefits.

Tutukaka subdivision

Tutukaka subdivision

Successful Subdivision Design

Our experience has shown that successful subdivision design is often achieved through recognising and accommodating existing landscape patterns and features into the design. These include landform, soil type, hydrological patterns and existing vegetation.  Adopting this approach can result in short term benefits such that access roads and buildings ‘fit’ more successfully into the landscape, thus achieving goals often promoted by Councils. Longer term benefits can include enhanced ecological values, reduced risk of flooding or land instability, and erosion control – reducing the run off of soils into waterways.

Simon Cocker Landscape Architecture has been involved with the planning and development of many subdivision developments, with a particular focus on developments in sensitive locations such as those on the coast or within Outstanding Natural Landscapes.  Often such projects necessitate the restoration of natural features such as wetlands, streams, riparian margins and areas of native forest.  The practice frequently works in conjunction with an ecologist to ensure the best and most sustainable outcome in this regard.