Andy Sturgeon Design Award-Winning
Garden Design in Somerset
Imaginative & Inspired
Andy Sturgeon Design is an internationally acclaimed landscape and garden design practice. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to produce unique schemes, bringing a fresh and individual approach to each and every project. We blend strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless garden landscapes.
Andy continues to be one of the world’s most sought-after and influential landscape and garden designers. His reputation in the world of garden and landscaping is renowned and respected across the globe, he regularly appears on television and radio and has published several books.
At Andy Sturgeon Design, commissions range from secluded private gardens to iconic public spaces and country estates across the UK.
We are well versed in all aspects of the planning process so whether you intend to build a Para 80 (formerly Para 79) house of exceptional quality in a rural location, you have a historic building or are in a conservation area or a national park we can provide the knowledge you need.
How we work
We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to produce unique schemes, bringing a fresh and individual approach to each and every project, with Andy being personally involved in the project from the initial brief to completion.
From commercial projects to large private gardens our multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled landscape architects, urban designers, accomplished horticulturalists and garden designers allows us to work across a range of scales. Each project we undertake receives the same high level of attention to detail.
Our garden design process
Our process begins with arranging a personal consultation with Andy. Here, you will discuss your garden design ideas and plans, which can be conducted in person or over video call depending on your preference. Each stage of the process, from the brief to the garden’s completion is meticulously planned, with Andy personally overseeing the project.
Firstly, Andy will spend some time getting to know what your aims and needs are for your outdoor space. From here, he will develop a written brief and provide you with a full breakdown and explanation of the design process, how it will work and the costs. Many of our projects are associated with new builds or extensive refurbishments and we are always happy to work within a wider team and process.
The survey process includes professionally surveying level changes, trees, buildings, utilities and services to safely form the basis of the design. Andy will also return to the site to take a full photographic survey and analysis to further complement and confirm the initial design concept. The cost of this survey is charged separately but the design team will be more than happy to arrange this on your behalf.
Once the survey is completed, Andy will present you with a fixed fee for an initial proposal. This involves a fully comprehensive A3 book with hand-drawn illustrations of your design, 3D visuals and CGIs, precedent photos and a concept plan that will describe, in detail, how your finished garden will look. These plans are by no means set in stone, you may think of this as a discussion document, where any changes you require can be discussed and developed with Andy and the team.
We are also able to offer a QS service at this stage to provide reasonably accurate costings which can inform the following stages of the project.
Andy will then produce a detailed final design that will take into account any changes that arise through discussions during the design concept stage. This is a truly bespoke and meticulous final design, everything from the gate hinges to lighting schemes, water features and irrigation will be accounted for. This service and attention to detail is seldom seen elsewhere and we are extremely proud of the quality of information contained in these documents. Importantly this high level of detail will often save money later on by allowing the project to be accurately tendered and priced.
The planting process is typically allied to the detailed design stage. However, for clients who wish to remain closely involved in the planting design, Andy will work with you to ensure your demands and bespoke requirements are met. Alternatively, if you are happy for the team to have full rein over the planting process we are more than happy to do so.
The scheme will then be passed onto two or three landscape contractors trusted by Andy. They will be given a full tender package with drawings, specifications and bills of quantities required for pricing and construction. Site visit will then be arranged on a preferred date and time. They will then provide an itemised quote which Andy will personally analyse and from this, produce a tender report highlighting and addressing any concerns or merits of each.
For years, we have continued to grow and develop relationships with trusted suppliers to ensure our practices are sustainable through every approach. Where our plant stock and materials come from is extremely important to us, as we only work with suppliers who understand and respect our vision to create ecologically-rich spaces that have little to no effect on the environment. This goes for both private and commercial projects.
With each commission, we look at how we can incorporate sustainable measures and practices in the design of every garden and landscape.
This may include:
- Greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting
- Design of drought-tolerant planting
- Implementation of green walls and green roofs
- Reduction of runoff into mains drains and sewers
- Soft landscaping solutions for urban areas
- Waste minimisation measures
- Maximum biodiversity within planting schemes
Our work is frequently featured on television and in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide. Andy regularly appears on gardening programmes for the major UK channels including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC since 2005.
Reputation where it matters
Throughout the years, Andy and the practice have had the pleasure of working on some highly prestigious commercial and private projects. This includes major commercial commissions including:
- Battersea Power Station
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Lillie Square
- The National Trust’s Beningborough Hall
Andy holds eight RHS gold medals from RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has won the highly respected and prestigious ‘Best Show Garden’ award in 2010, 2016 and most recently in 2019.