Whitelaw Turkington make a business expansion into Scotland
Landscape and urban design practice Whitelaw Turkington has opened a regional office in Glasgow and plan to expand their Scottish operations to Edinburgh within six months.
The south London-based firm, which has a regional office in Leeds, moved north to take advantage of growing business opportunities, said Whitelaw Turkington’s managing director for Scotland Jon Simmons, who has worked in Glasgow for more than 20 years.
Before joining Whitelaw Turkington, Simmons worked for a variety of private practices including Ferguson McIlveen, which was later acquired by Scott Wilson, and Keppie Design. He also worked on the Garden Festival project on the Clyde in the 1980s.
In an interview with The Herald, Simmons said that he intends to grow the business and build a team of landscape architects in coming months.
The company is currently working on two Glasgow area regeneration projects – South Dalmarnock, Clyde Gateway and the regeneration of the former British Steel site at Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire, as well as “lots of little bits and bobs,” said Simmons.
South Dalmarnock is a huge redevelopment of the inner suburbs of Glasgow. Surface water management is a major concern, since the sewage works in the East End are at capacity and new ways of dealing with waste water are a high priority for the new development. Whitelaw Turkington’s work will involve introducing measures such as rain gardens into the streetscape and open swales.
Ravenscraig is one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe, twice the size of the principality of Monaco. Whitelaw Turkington staff are the landscape consultants on the project. Once completed, it will be home to more than 10,000 people. It is expected to create 12,000 jobs and attract around £1.4 billion of private sector investment during the next 15 to 20 years.
Simmons is upbeat about business opportunities: “It is the right time to be here,” he said.