Who are you? My name is Richard Fox, I am a Senior Landscape Architect and head up the Landscape and Green Infrastructure Team in our Chipping Norton Office. I joined Lockhart Garratt in March 2016 having worked for a successful landscape planning practice for the better part of ten years, after graduating from Leeds Beckett (Metropolitan) University in 2007.
What do you? As a Senior Landscape Architect, I provide technical advice to clients in respect of landscape planning and prepare Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), Landscape Character Assessments and Sensitivity Studies and Environmental Impact Assessments in support of both outline and detailed planning applications. I also have a strong background in both urban and landscape design and have advised on numerous schemes of various size within the residential, retail, commercial and industrial, renewables sectors, many of which were environmentally sensitive sites such as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
What project have your found particularly interesting to be involved with? I am currently working as part of a wider consultant team promoting the strategic urban extension of a settlement in West Oxfordshire; a site which has numerous landscape and ecological constraints. I have particularly enjoyed developing the masterplan for the site, providing technical advice in respect of the constraints on site and working with the project team to develop a sensitive and considered development approach.
As the scheme progresses I hope to have a greater involvement in the landscape masterplanning of the whole site, developing new areas of open space, ecological areas and woodland blocks as part of a cohesive green infrastructure strategy. The scheme will also offer opportunities to encourage informal recreation and to deliver new community facilities, and it is exciting to be able to shape and inform the development and evolution of the town.
What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date? Given that I’m still a relatively recent addition to the team, I am still excited by the prospect of developing the Landscape and Green Infrastructure business units’ presence in our Chipping Norton office. It has been great to develop new client contacts and to build upon existing connections. At present things are developing well and we hope to expand the team over the next twelve months which is also an exciting prospect.
What are your interest and hobbies? I enjoy DIY and am currently in the process of renovating the house I share with my partner Louise, and have recently finished refitting the kitchen. I am also a keen gardener and enjoy playing the guitar. Most weekends are spent out in the garden or about the house where I can be found pottering, as Louise will testify, any excuse to use some power tools is swiftly taken.