Andy Sturgeon Design World-Renowned
Garden Design in Yorkshire
Critically acclaimed Andy Sturgeon and his highly experienced team have decades of experience in landscape and garden design. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to produce unique schemes, bringing a fresh and individual approach to each and every project.
“Inspired by art and architecture, I explore the relationship between plants and structure and the wider landscape.” – Andy Sturgeon
Andy is one of the most decorated and sought-after garden designers in the world. He has won a total of eight RHS gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the prestigious ‘Best Show Garden’ three times. Andy has designed landmark gardens across the UK and globally.
The iconic Yorkshire landscape is rich in heritage. 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.
We are proud to be designing gardens for National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire, which covers 12 acres and is set for completion in 2027.
How we work
The practice is large enough to handle complex long term projects yet remains small enough to maintain a very personal approach with Andy remaining closely involved with every single project from start to finish.
We care greatly about the world we live in and do not take our responsibilities lightly. We keep up to date on plant health and bio security and source plants from nurseries who share our ethics. We design with the environment in mind, limiting our carbon footprint where possible and we endeavour to source local materials and craftsmen wherever possible.
Our garden design process
We take client communication and satisfaction very seriously. Our internal Project Management System is based on the principles of ‘plan – do – check – review’ in accordance with ISO 9001. This quality assurance system is implemented through regular internal design review meetings and workshops, sign-off procedures, and most importantly, feedback from our clients.
Every garden is unique and each project has a life of its own. The outcomes may be wildly different yet they tend to follow similar journeys and they all begin the same way.
A full breakdown of our design process can be found below.
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.
We place a firm focus on ensuring our materials are sustainably sourced and the designs of our gardens and landscape have little to no negative impact on the environment.
For example, if it’s a private project that features a bespoke water feature, we may install greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting. We also look to reduce the runoff into mains drains and sewers for all water-based gardens and landscapes.
We employ waste minimisation measures wherever we can and will always look to install green walls and roofs where possible. We approach each project with sustainability in mind and will always discuss sustainability concepts with the client to ensure they’re happy with the direction of their project.
Our work is frequently featured on television and in books, magazines and newspapers worldwide. Andy has written several books on garden design and regularly appears on gardening programmes for the major UK channels including The RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC since 2005.