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Beaulieu wins award

at the Planning Awards 2018

The Planning Awards 2018 were announced in June and we’re very happy to say that our clients Countryside Properties won the the award for ‘Infrastructure planning’. As masterplanners and landscape architects for Phase one of the Beaulieu project we are extremely proud to have been involved as a Lead Designer for the strategic infrastructure, helping our client to realise their vision for a landscape led scheme. We are naturally delighted to see that Beaulieu is is receiving the accolades it deserves. Find out more about Beaulieu here


Pathway to Chartership

Congratulations to George on becoming a Chartered Landscape Architect, having passed his Landscape Institute Pathway to Chartership Professional Exam



Promotion to Associate

Cassie and Sean are highly valued members of staff who consistently deliver an excellent quality of work and have developed excellent client relations. This promotion to Associate is recognition of their outstanding efforts during their time at Randall Thorp.


Masterplanning Masterclass

Dick enjoyed returning to his former University in Sheffield, last week, to present his annual ‘Masterplanning Masterclass’ to a cohort of over 120 final year students.


New Starters

A big welcome to our 3 new starters, Hannah, Ben and Yuan-Yin



Having enjoyed a spell of work experience with us prior to university, Hannah Brooks has returned as a Year Out Student having graduating from the University of Sheffield with an undergraduate BA in Landscape Architecture with Planning.


Westmorland Family secure planning approval

The Westmorland Family secure unanimous approval from planning committee for new HQ building in sensitive Lakeland setting at their award winning Tebay Service Station. LVIA and detailed landscape design of garden areas and wider setting by Randall Thorp contributes to our client’s success.


Ingol Golf Course

RT masterplan for: premier football training facility, public open space and new homes in Preston, makes the press

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RT Book

Mini version

A condensed version of the full Randall Thorp book documenting the work of Randall Thorp over the first 30 years, with a key project highlighted for each year.

See more

Work Experience

Last week we enjoyed having Chloe from Urmston Grammar School with us for a week’s work experience. Chloe got stuck into model making and Photoshop. Could we have a future landscape architect on our hands?


Place North West

In the news

Randall Thorp’s housing scheme at Ordsall, for LPC Living, is highlighted by Place North West as the scheme goes to public consultation.


RT Team Away Day


Our team building, bonding and learning day proved to be equally fun and wet for both teams: those exploring caves and gorge walking in The Dark Peak and those exploring the gardens and grottos of Chatsworth!



JUNE 2017

We are pleased to welcome back Sean Rushton to the RT team after his year’s sabbatical studying the landscapes of South America and Canada


5000 Trees

Over 5,000 new trees have been planted on Cambourne this year alone! Over the next 15 years this will develop into a 4.6ha of new woodland, in addition to the 250,000 other trees we’ve planted at Cambourne over the last 20 years.


Team News

Congratulations to Joanne Folland and Ben Hendry on their promotion to Senior Associate, and to Danielle Bentley and Steve Butcher promoted to Associate


Collingham residential scheme: Planning Appeal allowed

Following planning refusal for this 150 home scheme prepared by others, a Planning Appeal was held in April 2016.  The client, Miller Homes asked Randall Thorp to act as Expert Witness to defend the masterplan on grounds of character, local identity and open space. The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector that the appeal be allowed.


Bramhope residential scheme: Planning Appeal allowed

Following planning refusal for this 380 home scheme prepared by Randall Thorp for Miller Homes, a Planning Appeal was held in April 2016. Randall Thorp acted as Expert Witness to defend the masterplan on grounds of character and local identity. The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector that the appeal be allowed.



The Randall Thorp office will be closed from Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

We would like to wish all our clients and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2017.



July 2016

Miryam Pasquale joined us in July 2016 having previously worked in London and Italy. She graduated from the University of Genoa with First Class Honours in 2014.



June 2016

Anita Lomas joins us as our new Senior Graphic Designer having worked for the last 13 years designing for a number of large multidisciplinary practices in Manchester. Anita was originally part of the Randall Thorp team from 1988-2003 and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design. We are delighted to welcome her back.



June 2016

On Saturday 4th June 2016 two teams from Randall Thorp completed the Taylor Wimpey ‘Beat the Builder’ charity challenge in 9h 1min and 10h 42min. We raised a total of £3,840 for Derian House Children’s Hospice and North West Air Ambulance. We are so grateful for all the sponsorship and support. Take a look at our photographs from the day on our Facebook page by clicking here



Trough Laithe Farm

January 2016

Proving the truth of their company slogan “Determination, Perseverance, and Patience ” Peel Land and Property have obtained an approval from Pendle BC for up to 500 new homes on their site at Barrowford with the help of the Randall Thorp masterplanning and LVIA services. (Application ref 13/15/0327P)


Saltburn on Sea

December 2015

PINs issued their approval to proposals for up to 130 new homes to the west of Saltburn on Sea for Taylor Wimpey after consideration of Green Gap issues which were a primary reason for refusal by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Randall Thorp provided all masterplanning, LVIA, and landscape expert witness services on the scheme, including a critical assessment of the green gap. (APP/ V0728/W/15/3007680)


Praise for Cambourne Play Area

December 2015

The new Randall Thorp designed play area at Upper Cambourne has received coverage and praise in Horticulture Week. The article says, “Randall Thorp have succeeded in creating an exceptional community play space and the local children are very fortunate to have such a wonderful and varied play area on their doorstep''. Read the full article here



November 2015

Congratulations to Steve Butcher who achieved his professional qualification November 2015 and is now CMLI. Steve is project landscape architect for many aspects of the Beaulieu project in Chelmsford for Countryside Properties, and is currently also working on Taylor Wimpey schemes in the north west.



August 2015

Randall Thorp are pleased to introduce Ella-May, Cassandra and George to our Clients and to announce that Laurie Sangwin has become an Associate and Sean Rushton gained his CMLI this year. See more details about the team


Bicester Eco-Town

July 2015

We are delighted to have been invited by our client A2 Dominion to assist them in refining the design strategy and delivery of Green Infrastructure at the UK’s first planned Ecotown.



June 2015

We are proud to announce the unveiling of the main entrance at the 3,600 home Beaulieu development in Chelmsford, Essex. Randall Thorp carried out the detailed landscape design and oversaw the construction of the scheme including the implementation of a 45-year-old, 11m high semi mature Blue Atlas Cedar specially imported from Germany.


Land south of Hindley-Wigan

Feb 2015

Randall Thorp have been appointed as part of the team of regeneration experts to deliver one of Greater Manchester’s largest mixed-use schemes. Wigan Council and Peel Investments have appointed Hyder Consulting, along with GVA and Randall Thorp, to plan and submit an outline planning application for an area of land South of Hindley in Wigan. The project will include the submission of outline plans for up to 2,000 new homes, 13 hectares of employment uses, a new east-west link road, supporting community uses, public open space and infrastructure



July 2014

Pinewood Studios will double in size following a Planning Appeal. The Appeal saw Randall Thorp present landscape evidence on behalf of the Applicant and resulted in Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, approving the £200m proposals for twelve new large sound stages with supporting workshops, production offices and infrastructure on green belt land.
Details of the proposals can be viewed here


Gaskells House

Oct 2014

Elizabeth Gaskell's house reopens to the public after restoration. Randall Thorp are pleased to be working with the volunteers recreating the garden at the house where Elizabeth Gaskell wrote most of her novels. Read about the restoration in the press here
Read more about the project here


Manse Farm, Karesborough

July 2014

Randall Thorp’s masterplanning skills have enabled our client Commercial Estates Projects to obtain outline planning approval for up to 600 homes, c. 2.5ha of employment land, community facilities, a neighbourhood centre, land for a primary school and rail halt, and a greenspace network on land to the edge of Knaresborough.
Details of the proposals can be viewed here.


Sandbach Planning Approval

Oct 2013

Taylor Wimpey and Seddon Homes have been granted outline planning permission for 160 homes on a 7.9 hectare greenfield site at Sandbach, Cheshire East. The development was granted planning permission at Appeal in October 2013 following non-determination of the application by Cheshire East Council within the prescribed decision period. See more details here.



May 2014

Due to his expertise and experience in creating successful masterplans for our clients, Dick has been appointed to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Design Enabling Panel. See more details here



July 2013

We are delighted that the practice has been granted the Investors in People award for the fourteenth year in a row. The IIP assessor commented “Randall Thorp is an innovative and forward thinking Practice that demonstrated that it fully embraced new initiatives and ideas … providing a ‘first class’ service for its clients.” See more details here


Lytham Hall

May 2013

Randall Thorp assists Heritage Trust North West and Lytham Town Trust at an Open Day to identify volunteers and donors to assist in the part HLF funded restoration of the historic park and gardens. Implementation of the proposals has begun and members of the public are excited by the progress. See more details here



December 2012

In recognition of his work with green infrastructure and housing at Cambourne, Dick has been awarded Fellowship of the Landscape Institute. Dick's CV can be viewed here
'I'm delighted that the pioneering work that the whole team at Randall Thorp have done at Cambourne over the years has been recognised as 'best practice' and is now shared throughout the profession' 



APRIL 2012

Our ongoing work at Cambourne, for our clients Taylor Wimpey and Bovis, is highlighted as an example of how landscape architects can add value to their clients’ projects. ‘Rich and varied landscapes provide Cambourne with its strong sense of place’. A copy of this publication can be viewed and downloaded here


Tarvin Planning Approval

March 2012

CWAC Planning Committee vote unanimously for our 130 home masterplan, on behalf of our client - Taylor Wimpey. See more details here


Stanion Planning Approval

January 2012

Working with a new range of contemporary houses created a steep learning curve for both ourselves and our client Ben Bailey Homes. Close cooperation and a good dialogue with the Planning Authority meant that our detailed layout and elevations for 37 new homes was swiftly granted Reserved Matters Planning approval. More details here


Haydock Grange Planning Approval

January 2012

Outline planning approval was granted for our 450 home masterplan at Haydock Grange, Preston on behalf of our client - Taylor Wimpey 
More information


Cambourne Planning Approval

Winter 2011

Following planning approval of our 950 home Upper Cambourne masterplan, we have prepared an updated version of the Cambourne fact sheet on behalf of our clients – Taylor Wimpey and Bovis.
Download your copy here


Upper Cambourne Design Guide

Sept 2011

This comprehensive design guide for the final 950 homes to be built in Cambourne received approval from South Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee on September 2011. The 120 page document covers all aspects of the built environment for the next stages of this award winning development.  More information


Grant for Lytham Hall

Sept 2011

Lytham Hall Park Restoration Plan prepared by Randall Thorp helps secure £2.4M HLF grant for Heritage Trust for the North West. More information
Read Volume 1 of the submission here


The Big Leap play area

August 2011

Our largest play area commission to date opened in Cambourne in time for the school holidays, and has quickly proved to be a huge success with both kids and parents. The Big Leap is the latest of Randall Thorp's natural play schemes, a play philosophy that introduces a naturalistic and versatile environment for children to play in and explore.  More information


Grimes Dyke, Leeds

July 2011

Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon are celebrating the grant of Outline approval by the Secretary of State for this 400 home scheme on the edge of Leeds. Randall Thorp’s re-design of the scheme to remove 9 design based reasons for refusal prior to the inquiry helped them to win this Appeal. See the Design and Access Statement here


Eco Build 2011

March 2011

Why Invest in Landscape and Green Infrastructure? Randall Thorp was invited by the Landscape Institute to present two seminars at Eco Build, London, on the 2nd of March. Dick Longdin together with Neville Stebbing from Taylor Wimpey Strategic Projects, used Cambourne as a case study to examine why investment in landscape needn't cost the earth. See the video here


Why Invest in Landscape?

January 2011

The Landscape Institute's new campaign shows how UK towns and cities are seeing a positive benefit by investing in landscape. Randall Thorp and our clients Taylor Wimpey were key contributors to this campaign and its accompanying booklet.
Download a copy here


Landscape Institute Awards

Nov 2010

Randall Thorp have been awarded two national planning and design awards for their work on Cambourne New Settlement in Cambridgeshire. We were Winners in the ‘Design over 5ha’ category and were Highly Commended in the ‘Local Landscape Planning’ category, announced at the Awards Ceremony on 18th November.  Read more here


Wildlife Trust Feature

Winter 2010

Natural World Magazine praises our award winning work at Cambourne in its Winter 2010 leading feature: 'The Town That Nature Built'
"Green infrastructure can ... provide benefits for people and wildlife alike"
Read the full article here


Greening the UK Seminars

Autumn 2010

In Autumn 2010, Randall Thorp Partner Dick Longdin presented two seminars in Manchester and Watford, as part of the Landscape Institute’s campaign to promote the role of plants and open green spaces in creating environmentally and socially sustainable communities. Read more on the Landscape Institute website here