Since the 1960s, the firm has undertaken a wide range of work

Bradford's Gillespies-designed city centre
Bradford's Gillespies-designed city centre

After opening its first office in Glasgow in 1962, Gillespies celebrates its fifth birthday this year, having grown from a small studio to the international firm it is today.

To mark the occasion, Gillespies is telling its story on its website, highlighting some of its great moments and showing how the firm has evolved over time.

Early projects included Cumbernauld New Town, where the landscapes are still enjoyed today. By the mid-1970s, the practice was active outside the UK and played a leading role in the UNDP regional plan for the Suez Canal.

Gillespies took on increasingly high-profile design commissions, including the landscape strategy for the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival and a development strategy for the London Docklands Development Corporation The company started to advise the power and water industries on their environmental impacts and strategies.

The firm was now undertaking an increasingly diverse range of commissions and operating from several UK studios. The regeneration of UK city centres formed a major part of Gillespies’ work during the decade.

Gillespies started the new century by winning design awards for several city centre public realm designs including Grainger Town, Newcastle; St Andrew Square, Edinburgh; and St George’s Square, Luton – public spaces that should delight for many decades. International sports and tourist attractions also took centre-stage, with Gillespies designing landscapes for the Commonwealth Games and for Beirut’s roman baths.

2012 and beyond
The next few years will see Gillespies’ landscape and public realm designs for two of London’s new Crossrail stations completed and, in 2014 will see Gillespies’ designs for several major residential developments take built form. Gillespies is also working on several exciting emerging developments in the Middle East, Asia and other world locations.


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