Who We Are

GUARDA is a landscape architecture practice comprised of experienced and competition winning landscape architects, based in Essex and London.

As individuals we have a wide and varied portfolio, including over 20 years in the design and implementation of public realm, residential, therapeutic and educational landscapes. We also have a successful track record of achieving planning permissions, land allocations and winning planning appeals.

Collectively we have a fresh outlook and collaborative approach which means that we can tailor our service to each client and every scheme. We seek to understand your needs and aspirations and we adapt to deliver to your budget, programme and vision.

We foster long term, productive relationships with clients and also co-consultants, specialist designers, artists, suppliers and manufacturers so that we can recommend the best team for each project and provide an optimum solution in every instance.

Our desire to drive an innovative and progressive pathway in our industry means that we achieved BIM Level 2 in 2018. We are also on the expert panel writing the British Standard for Green Roof substrates.

What We Do

We have the skills and experience to take a project from feasibility to completion, assisting you at every stage of the process.


Feasibility and Masterplanning

Preparation of feasibility reports and masterplans at all scales – including city/town wide design initiatives, open space enhancement, infrastructure development and expansion and community cohesion through design. Production of design codes, green infrastructure design documents, design and access statements and urban design guides.

Landscape Planning and Assessment

All pre-planning and assessment services, including the promotion of allocation sites, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, focused landscape statements, appeal documentation, and expert witness services.

Community Engagement and Consultation

Preparation of exhibition material and attendance at consultation and presentation events to inform stakeholders and present a clear landscape narrative.

Design and Implementation

Sketch/outline/detailed design of landscape works in a variety of different settings. Preparation of landscape tender and construction packages and construction contract administration and/or inspection works.

Landscape Management

Provision of Landscape Management Plans and detailed management advice and costings to ensure your scheme continues to thrive in the future.

Arboriculture and Ecology

To complement our landscape services we can also provide arboricultural and ecology advice and survey work from experienced and trusted partners. We can offer a comprehensive environmental service.

Work With Us


Guarda is always interested to hear from exceptional and passionate landscape architects looking to join our team. We have a diverse portfolio and we welcome outstanding individuals at all levels. We are also interested in linking with freelance consultants and provide opportunities for flexible working.

If you are ready for a fresh challenge in a stimulating and positive environment, please contact Catherine Xavier at the following address: [email protected].

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Guarda Project In Premier Construction Magazine

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The GUARDA Team Welcomes James Honey

GUARDA are delighted to welcome James Honey to the team as landscape assistant. He has excellent softworks design skills and he aims to create a stronger connection between people and biodiversity as well as providing high quality design, drawing inspiration from...

Samantha Laws Joins the GUARDA Team

We are delighted to welcome Samantha Laws to the GUARDA team. She graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Landscape Architecture at Writtle College. She has excellent design skills, especially in relation to sustainable development and nature-led, ecological...

Contact Us

Staplefords Farm
Essex    CO8 5DT
United Kingdom

Phone +44 (0)1206 638085
[email protected]

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