Category Archives: Ecological


The practice acted as landscape architect in the development of the landscape masterplan for the housing, golf and business park mixed development at Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees. This was a long term planning and development exercise in a 19th century estate with a Grade 1 listed building as the Hall.

West Park

The West Park development on the western edge of Darlington is a successful housing project with a sophisticated landscape concept that is integral to the site’s identity and value. A section of land adjacent to the West Park village centre contains a major water pipe that crosses from West to East. The constraints on use, preclude the corridor being developed, but allow the land to be part of the green space pattern of the site providing landfrom changes that are less than plus or minus 300mm.

Teesside International Nature Reserve

RLD acted as landscape architects for the masterplanning of the Teesside International Nature Reserve and designed the first phase new waterbodies in the Haverton Hill area of Stockton. Working for the Teesside Development Corporation, the concept was to create extensive, shallow excavations, which would then be flooded by the manipulation of the wider area’s drainage pattern. The first phase – undertaken in 1992 – now has a European designation as a bird habitat that is higher than the UK SSSI.

In 2002 another tranche of landform and landscape design was carried out by the practice: this is to enable the shaping and reclamation of Haverton Hole and its adjacent chemical waste.