In the emerging post-pandemic world, with a focus on wellbeing and offering something different to a home environment; we are seeing the importance of well-designed outdoor commercial spaces come to the fore. However, once that beautifully designed landscape has been created, without a properly specified and managed landscape maintenance contract, that investment, is all too often at risk.
Overseeing and managing the implementation of a landscape contract, ensuring its compliance and identifying areas for improvement is a specialist skill-set, and an area where ASA Landscape Architects have been able provide support to Facility Managers for a number of decades.
With extensive experience in this area, we have written landscape maintenance specifications for numerous commercial developments and has provided support of the procurement process through to overseeing the management of the contract. In our experience we have found that working in collaboration with the Facility Management team, and in carrying out regular assessments of the maintenance works, we can ensure that best value to the client is provided, and that landscapes look their best to occupiers all year round.
Furthermore, with a deep knowledge of the industry, we can provide a one-stop design and management service; identify and designing planting schemes for up-grade and rejuvenation on a rolling basis, improving site biodiversity, as well as working with the maintenance team to ensure best practice.
In recent years there has been a move to digitise all facility management information. In response to this we have developed a GIS (Geographical Information System) to assist larger clients in managing their landscape assets. Developed and used over the last 10 years, this management tool enables clients to increase their understanding of their landscape asset, its components, extent, quality and need for renewal, whilst delivering the inputs and long-term costs that are required to manage and maintain it. This can assist in resource planning, and quality monitoring (KPIs) and identifying the implications and opportunities for Biodiversity Net Gain.