Design flexibility

Design flexibility Are you struggling with a design for a difficult area? Or do you need something a little out of the ordinary? Have you considered using a modular timber system such as WoodBlocX? Other options in these situations – notably sleepers if the client has specified a wooden product – could struggle with the[…]

Restaurant Planters – The Sanchez Brothers, Bristol

In 1999 the Sanchez family made a life changing decision. They quit their day jobs, their home on the other side of Bristol and moved their two young boys to open the doors to Casamia; a trattoria serving pizza and pasta. In 2009, the self taught chefs gained a coveted Michelin star and 4AA rosettes[...]

The Cost of Modular Timber Designs

The Cost of Modular Timber Designs When budgets are tight, it’s good to be able to see all the costs of a project up front. Using a modular timber system for raised beds and other landscaping means that not only are the material costs easy to calculate, but the labour costs will be much more[…]

How the New Dundee Waterfront Gardens were Designed

The Slessor Gardens, in the main parkland of Dundee’s new central waterfront area, is 10,738sqm in size and designed to be a multi-functional space with the capacity to host large events. The team at Optimised Environments focused on developing an area which people could interact with and explore.  The design of the space began with the team looking[...]

Benches & Raised Beds – Unite Student Accommodation Aberdeen

Working with the team at East Midlands Landscaping our design team helped bring to life the outdoor spaces at the new Unite Student accommodation in Aberdeen. Creating a series of bespoke WoodBlocX Planter and Bench designs allowed them to develop the roof terrace areas into a relaxing breakout and study space. The team here at WoodBlocX designed[...]

Why Our Forests Matter

  In the UK we sometimes take our forests, woodland and green space for granted, but you may be surprised to learn that the UK is one of the least wooded areas in Europe.  Only 13% of our landmass is woodland, which is far less than the European average of 37%.  So why is this[…]

48m Retaining Wall – Ogilvie Homes – Home Farm, Stirling

Home Farm is located in the village of Cambusbarron, south west of Stirling and just 6 minutes from the city centre. This peaceful and picturesque village dates back to the Bronze and Iron Age and is close to the historic area of Gillies Hill, not only the site of an Iron Age fort believed to[...]

Willmott Dixon’s new Gatefold Building housing project in west London

We are pleased to announce that we are working on Willmott Dixon’s new Gatefold Building housing project in west London. The development has been built on a former brownfield site and will provide 132 new homes. We are for the first time, working in partnership with Eco Green Roofs, which created the initial design for the site’s outdoor[…]

Modular timber designs that don’t stick to traditional dimensions

If you are designing a large landscape scheme that will be a pleasure for people to live and work in, planters are a useful tool to have in your project. Planting brings life to streets, squares, parks and housing developments, making spaces more enjoyable and adding colour and biodiversity. Designing planters with a modular timber[…]

What it takes to build an Award Winning Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

  It’s that time of year again, the weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to bloom and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens its gates to showcase the best of the world’s garden design talent. Whilst we’re not exhibiting this year, WoodBlocX has been included in The Sun newspaper’s Flower Square Garden, which[…]