Manchester and Lancaster join firm’s growing portfolio

Left to right: Jacqueline Whitworth-Allan, Tom Jonson and Chris Cox

Landscape and ecology consultancy LUC has expanded with two new offices in the north of England: one in Manchester and one in Lancaster. These join existing offices in London, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Manchester office opened this month and will be headed by Tom Jonson, who joins LUC from AECOM as director of landscape architecture. He will be supported by Jacqueline Whitworth-Allan as principal landscape architect, and Chris Cox as consultant landscape architect.

In the Lancaster office, Jon Abbatt (former head of environment at ADAS UK) will become head of strategic development. He will be responsible for developing new markets and sectors across the company.

LUC’s current and recent north of England projects include a major study of the Manchester green belt, and the repurposing of Grade II-listed Hulton Park in Manchester.

Managing director Jeremy Owen said: ‘Our expansion into the north of England will enable us to better serve our clients at a local level. We already have a strong track record in this region and recent projects include a major study of the Manchester green belt, restoration of Heaton Park, Kirklees local plan and Hulton Park landscape design.’

He added: ‘These are exciting times for LUC and we are thrilled to have on board highly talented new staff with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the north of England.

‘LUC has worked on many fantastic projects in this region and our investment in these new offices is a testament to our commitment and belief in the north of England as a part of the country with tremendous growth potential. We are confident that we can make a significant contribution to help its future growth be both sustainable and successful.’

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