How We Work

Approach

At Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design, we like to work on interesting projects with interesting people – whether on a one-to-one basis or part of a large design team. The size of the project is not as important as is how it will exercise our creative skills to design something worthy of accolade and an improvement to the landscape. We have designed city courtyard gardens, large rural estates and commercial landscapes.

“Tom was on our wavelength and we felt that he would
be able to work quietly and confidently. We felt we could trust his professionalism.”

Anon

Design Philosophy

We believe in the design being a response to the place, environment, geology and other landscape factors. For this reason we have developed a particular design process, starting with a thorough analysis of the site, soil and climate.

Hand sketching is important to thoroughly identify details, something that photographs, although useful, can’t do in the same way. This organic process means we only move to computer generated designs in CAD once the perfect design is agreed and understood.

The breadth of our portfolio means we respect the past while looking to the future, peeling back the layers of history that informs the landscape, while striving to deliver sensitive, respectful and innovative design to meet modern needs.

Sustainability and choices relating to the use of local materials, trades and skills are also important in our design.

 

“I loved Tom’s view on ecology and the importance of nature
in a garden.. I loved that he knew about
Arts and Craft gardens and he was enthusiastic,
not at all pretentious.”

Anon

Design Process

Though each project is different, the design process tends to follow a familiar path, beginning with a site meeting to discuss initial thoughts and ideas that will ultimately become the brief. Tom will then put together a proposal outlining the design process and fees. Examples of our work and precedent images will also be included along with a draft brief.

Upon appointment, we will commission a topographic survey and visit once again to carry out a thorough site analysis and fine tune the brief. Tom likes to also start drawing whilst on site to tease out some ideas. Back in the studio these sketches are developed further into a concept presentation that includes all our findings and the refined brief.

Master planning and technical detailing are the next stages in preparation for the tendering process. These are normally drawn in CAD and provide all the information required to manufacture and construct the project.

Once a successful contractor is appointed some form of contract administration is needed to commission and oversee the project to practical completion and handover to the client.

Pre-application planning advice and planning applications are often required and we have built up good relationships with consultants and local authorities to ensure a smooth process.

Being a plant-focussed designer, Tom likes to personally select, procure and choose plants and works with the very best growers in the UK.

“Tom engaged excellently with the limited brief that we gave
him and was genuinely enthused by the project. It was evident from
the outset that he had enormous creative vision and could
transform a challenging plot into an exciting garden.”

Anon

 

Our Services and Specialities

We work at all scales of landscape design from small courtyards to large estates and together as a team, our expertise and experience allows us to offer a range of services to suit your project right through from conceptual brainstorming to practical completion of build.

We cover a range of design and management services for private, commercial and public sector and are often a key member of the wider design team: architects, engineers, planners, ecologists, arboriculturalists and lake & water specialists.

Working with neighbouring farmers, land agents, conservationists and sourcing gardening staff are also regular tasks that are embraced with tact and enthusiasm as part of the design process.

Our services include but are not limited to:

Landscape Masterplanning;
Technical detailing and specification writing;
Planning applications and Statutory Body liaison;
Planting design and plant selection;
Contract administration/site inspection and supervision during construction;
Landscape management and maintenance report.

 

Our Clients

We have been fortunate enough to work with and for some incredible clients and partners including;

Cambridge University / Cowper Griffith Architects / Greenfingers Charity /Johnston Cave Associates / Nicolas Jacob Architects / The National Trust / The Woodland Trust /

“He is a very creative designer and we wanted
to see what he could do with the space –
and great guy to work with.
The design he delivered was fantastic”

Anon