ReardonSmith launches landscape design division

George Sell By George Sell
07 November 2013 | Updated 06 December 2013

UK: ReardonSmith Architects has announced the formation of a dedicated landscape design team under the leadership of Ed Freeman.

Freeman joins ReardonSmith as director of landscape with more than 14 years' experience as a landscape architect and urban designer.

Patrick Reardon, executive chairman of ReardonSmith, said: "Increasingly in our resort masterplanning work, we were being asked by clients to define the principles of the landscape design as part of our initial concept, so it seemed sensible to us to bring a talented and experienced individual into the company so that we could enhance and expand our client service. Over the years, we have worked with Ed on several projects and know that we share what to us is an all-important commitment to respecting the environment. We believe that, particularly in rural and resort locations, our buildings should be woven into their environment, not imposed on them."

Most recently, Freeman worked with Capita Lovejoy on a portfolio of masterplanning and regeneration schemes as well as luxury hotel and resort projects, both in the UK and overseas. He collaborated with ReardonSmith on the early phases of Porto Montenegro, the new marina destination in Montenegro and, most recently, on The Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel & Residences, scheduled to open in summer 2014. He also worked with ReardonSmith on the Four Seasons Baku where he designed both the private gardens and public piazza.

Freeman's other key projects include: 10 Trinity Hotel & Residences, London; Kempinski Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi; and Oakridge Mountain Residences, in Faqra, Lebanon.

He said: "This is a very exciting moment for all of us. We think this new proposition at ReardonSmith will prove very compelling for clients. They will benefit from a team with both unparalleled hotel architecture experience and landscape design expertise, coming together in a seamless process to completely integrate building and landscape design from the very earliest conceptual stage."

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