Season’s Greetings from all at Murdoch Wickham

According to Unicef, right now, more than 8 million Syrian children are in danger. Many have lost their homes, their schools and even their families. They face unspeakable violence and a lack of food, health care and clean water. Now Syria’s children face another threat– the deadly cold winter.

Frightened children face freezing temperatures with no way of keeping warm. Without access to shelter, blankets or warm clothes, many children will struggle to survive.

Unicef is working tirelessly to protect Syrian children and give them hope for a happy future. They’re there in Syria and in the refugee camps, ensuring children have blankets, warm clothes and medicine. But they’re also providing longer-term support to help children, young people and families rebuild their lives. They’re providing education, psychosocial support and safe spaces for them to play and have some much-needed fun.

Here at Murdoch Wickham again this year, instead of sending Christmas cards, we are continuing to support Unicef by giving emergency supplies to help Syrian children.

11 December 2017 by Neil Coverly

Kidbrooke Village Tree Tagging

Kidbrooke Village, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is an award winning regeneration scheme by Berkeley Group replacing the former Ferrier Estate. Consisting of 4,800 new homes and surrounded by 136 acres of open space, it is a major new village suburb for South East London.

Murdoch Wickham were commissioned by Berkeley Group in 2015 to work on Phase 3, the Village Centre. This phase will deliver 983 new homes, a new station ticket office for Kidbooke station as well as a new central Village Square and commercial hub.

MW’s landscape design for the new central Village Square at Kidbrooke Village

I joined MW as a graduate Landscape Architect nearly a year ago in May 2016. As an Atelier studio one of the three values that underpin MW’s ethos is that everyone will be able to “Grow Through Learning”. This means that the skills and knowledge that people have are passed on and shared with the team, so that we all grow in our understanding of the processes and practice of working in landscape and placemaking.

Each and every person has the opportunity to further their knowledge, MW have found that this continual enrichment benefits us all, our clients and the quality of our schemes. Personally I have found that this way of working has been incredibly beneficial to my development as a Landscape Architect and that as I grow in my knowledge and experience, the projects that I am involved with will benefit too.

As part of this learning process, I have been encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the roll of a Landscape Architect. As such, last week I joined my college Clive McDonnell on a two day trip to two of Europe’s leading tree nurseries to select and tag trees for Phase 3 at Kidbrooke.

It was an early start at Stansted, but the rain didn’t dampen our anticipation at seeing what would be on offer, flying to Hamburg our first day was spent at Pflanzen von Falkenhayn, two hours west of Hamburg. We weren’t disappointed with the tree stock that we saw, the quality and variety was outstanding. It was great to see these specimens in the ground where they had been lovingly cared for many years.

It was a long day but after a lovely meal and a good night’s sleep we headed back to Hamberg. Before visiting Lorenz von Ehren, just south of the city we were invited by Peter Flügge of von Ehren to view his private collection of trees. These fields held some very special species that Peter had grown from seed over 30 years ago, which were fascinating to see. Myself and Clive couldn’t help but tag some of the stunning Amelanchier lamarckii umbrellas found here. Once at von Ehren, again being another nursery of the highest quality we were spoilt for choice.

Reflecting now on the trip, I feel that it has been of vast benefit to my continual understanding and career development. Seeing the trees and multi-stems in the nursery and selecting only the best specimens will also ensure that the scheme is delivered to its full potential!
19 May 2017 by Ben Skelley

Sunningdale Park Commission

Murdoch Wickham are excited to announce our commission by Berkeley Group and Audley Retirement on their prestigious Sunningdale Park development in Berkshire.

Sunningdale Park is a 79 acre site, which until 2012 was home to the National School of Government. The grounds include the Grade II Listed Classical mansion Northcote House, dating from 1931, which sits within a Grade II Listed Registered Park and Garden, dating from the late 19th century.

Murdoch Wickham look forward to working alongside Berkeley Group and Audley Retirement on the landscaping design of this historic site over the coming months.
5 May 2017 by Neil Coverly

Website Relaunch

Murdoch Wickham are excited to present their new online presence for 2017. As the practice heads in to its 35th year, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the successes, the learnings, and the challenges and evolve to the next level.

We have always felt that the three key values that underline the Murdoch Wickham philosophy are the key to our success. Growing the awareness of these values is very important to us, we have therefore shaped the look, feel and interaction of our new site with this in mind in order to best convey our message by showcasing our best work and range of services.

Our landscape design style is traditional in approach yet contemporary in delivery. We work towards connecting people through well designed easy to use spaces, now though our new site we have brought these design principals onto the web.
1 March 2017 by Neil Coverly

The Landscape Atelier

Described as the Landscape Atelier, Murdoch Wickham are award-winning landscape architects.

Our reputation is big enough to attract some of the biggest clients and development projects, but with a boutique design studio to manage the detail and become ingrained in each project’s history to bring a site’s story to life.

Although the French word Atelier literally means ‘Workshop or studio’, traditionally it is a method of an artist passing on their knowledge, skills and techniques to create lasting works of art.

The team at Murdoch Wickham view themselves as artists in the craft of place-making and creating enduring and beautiful spaces, drawing on the extensive expertise of practice founders John Murdoch and John Wickham. Please take a look at our Philosophy page, where the three values that are firmly rooted in the design ethos at Murdoch Wickham are explained.

28 February 2017 by Alex Jones

Murdoch Wickham strives to create successful spaces for communities to use and enjoy.

Our vast range of experience and passion for design excellence allows us to enhance the environment, both sustainably and for the community.
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