We are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned by Cranfield University as Landscape Architects to provide a range of services over a period of 3 years to support its programme of Campus enhancement and development at their Cranfield Campus in Bedfordshire.

Although up against some tough competition, we were shortlisted for interview along with 20 other practices including high profile names. Our team is complemented by the inclusion of Dr Nigel Dunnett – Professor of Planting Design, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technology in the Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield. Most notable recently was his role as lead horticultural advisor to the London 2012 Olympic Park. Nigel pioneered the use of innovative approaches to landscape planting in the UK, typified by bold and dramatic naturalistic urban plantings. He developed the concept of ‘Pictorial Meadows’ and ‘Urban Meadows’ – perennial and annual meadows that have high wildlife value, strong public appeal, a very long flowering season, and simple, fail-safe establishment and management techniques. The beauty and value of this approach is evident at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

OOBE will be lead consultants assisting the University in realising their vision of creating an overall Landscape Masterplan and Framework for their campus that will create a quality landscape environment to serve the function of the University and its staff and students for the long-term future. An interesting site, the Cranfield campus originated as the College of Aeronautics, established in 1946 at Cranfield’s RAF station.

The Masterplan, developed to meet the University’s aspiration for growth, will provide a framework for the sustainable development of the University over the next 25 years, building on its distinctive strengths, enhancing the students experience and encouraging interdisciplinary work.

We look forward to assisting the University in realising the masterplan and contributing to the University’s growth.