Urban regeneration and inner city greening

https://youtu.be/gfeGSB7rCEs WoodBlocX BALI award winning designs are setting new standards in sustainable architecture and redevelopment. One of our most recent projects at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford, London typifies our approach to urban regeneration and inner city greening. In our latest blog post, we ask: what are some the challenges that we face in[...]

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[…]

How durable are WoodBlocX?

How durable are WoodBlocX? When building a project for a client, it’s good to be able to guarantee it for a number of years, and that’s where using a project from a specific supplier is useful. Whereas it might be difficult to calculate the lifespan of a raised bed or other construction made from timber[…]

The most flexible landscape design solution

What is the most flexible landscape design solution? Whether your project is big or small, it’s important to get the right look. While uniform is boring, unity is essential. Utilising repeated elements or the same materials can really bring a design together. When the planting is varied, using the same hard landscaping materials throughout can[…]

Modular Vs Railway Sleepers

Modular Vs Railway Sleepers When considering the options for building raised beds, planters, benches and more, timber is often top of the list. Boards and planking can warp and bow over time, and cannot be guaranteed as strong or durable enough, so railway sleepers are often put forward as the only timber option. However, a[…]

Modular landscaping systems are ideal for challenging locations

Modular landscaping systems are ideal for challenging locations All too often a great design has to be amended beyond recognition because of the practicalities of the site. Restricted access, working around the public, keeping dust and noise levels low, tight deadlines – all these logistical problems and more can mean that the original vision is[…]

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[...]

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[…]