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PLACE Design + Planning, which amalgamated with Bell Fischer Landscape Architects in November 2016, is an award-winning landscape and urban design practice based in southwest London.

We are an employee owned trust, and as such, PLACE encourages the involvement of all staff in the success of the company and to provide an ethos of excellence.

We have a broad range of projects in a variety of sectors, from residential to education, and public realm to commercial, in both the UK and mainland Europe.


What we do

All projects are unique, so each one receives our close attention, with innovative and appropriate design solutions, carefully planned schemes, and well-managed execution. We are involved in all stages of a project, from concept design and site planning through to detailed design and construction, on-site supervision, management and maintenance.

As Chartered Landscape Architects we provide the following services:

Landscape Design 
We aspire to create beautiful places which bring pleasure to people on a daily basis, be that in a school, a residential community or in the work place. Our designs address key issues of concern in the built environment today, whether it is climate control, regeneration, protection of biodiversity or the prudent use of natural resources.

Urban Design and Masterplanning 
We play a key role in the multi-disciplinary process of masterplanning and urban design. We provide expertise in the art of making places, spaces and landscapes and the establishment of frameworks that facilitate successful, sustainable developments. We offer expertise in site planning, green infrastructure, placemaking and environmental stewardship.

Landscape Planning and Assessment 
Our landscape assessment work contributes to the formation of planning policies, the allocation of land for development and development control activities; it is also used to inform appropriate recommendations for conservation and land management. Our assessment work often takes the form of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs), as part of the wider EIA process.

Landscape Management 
We have the expertise to ensure that clients are guaranteed a landscape which meets their long-term design objectives and performs to their expectations, whether it’s a new or existing landscape. We prepare detailed maintenance plans, schedules of work, cost plans and specifications. 

Expert Witness 
We offer an expert witness service on a variety of landscape matters including local plan inquiries, development plans and planning enforcement actions.




  • BALI National Landscape Awards - Principal Award Winner – Hard Landscaping (Non-domestic) for The Royal Ballet School

  • Education Estates Awards – Best Pupil/Student Experience Shortlist for Three Rivers Academy (formerly Rydens Enterprise School)

  • British Council for Offices - Regional Award Shortlist for 410 Thames Valley Park


  • Natural Environment Runner-Up by the Canal & River Trust Living Waterways Award for Green Park

  • Sunday Times British Home Awards, Winner, Placemaking Royal Arsenal Riverside

  • What House Awards, Silver, Best Regeneration, Royal Albert Wharf

  • Housing Design Awards, Shortlisted, Monier Road, Fish Island


  • Housing Design Awards, Regeneration Award, Acton Gardens


  • Biodiversity Benchmark Award by the Wildlife Trust for Green Park

  • Waverley Council 2015 design award for Frensham Heights School

  • Corporate Achievement Award, CIEEM for Green Park


  • Hackney Design Awards for Cardinal Pole Catholic School

  • National Winner, Civic Trust Award for Green Park

  • Regional Award, Best Business Park, Thames & Chilterns in Bloom for Green Park

  • Gold Award, Reading in Bloom for Green Park       


  • Bronze Best Sustainable Development What House? Awards 2013 for Seven Acres

  • Shortlist, RIBA London Regional Awards for Cardinal Pole Catholic School 


  • Winner, AJ Retrofit Award for Clapton Girls' Academy

  • Shortlist, Housing Design Awards for Seven Acres

  • RIBA Award for Stoke Newington School

  • Shortlist, Landscape Institute Green Infrastructure Competition for New River - London


  • RIBA Award for Stoke Newington School


  • Hackney Design Award winner for Clapton Girls Technology School 

  • People’s Choice Award Hackney Design Awards 2010 for Clapton Girls Technology School 

  • Regional Winner in the Commercial Workplace Award for 500 Brook Drive


  • Winner, British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), National Landscape Award for Green Park

  • Finalist, BBC Unsung Landmarks for M4 Wind Turbine

  • Commendation, Horticulture Week, Best Landscape Scheme for Green Park