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Solihull Council’s award winning Conservation of the Historic Environment, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Ecology Team (CLAUDE) provide a wide range of survey, design and management services.

Should your project require additional professional services, such as arboricultural assessments, protected species surveys, topographical surveys we can commission and manage this on your behalf.

The design team is experienced in project management of large value landscape, park and urban regeneration projects, school grounds, and many more. The team also provide a statutory service to the Council giving professional and technical advice on landscape, design, ecology issues, environmental law, policy and spatial planning, and the statutory planning process.

The team negotiates Section106 contributions for public open space enhancements thorough the planning system. These can be for improvements to existing parks and play areas, or to design and construct new ones.

The team also coordinates and provides advice on habitat creation and restoration schemes, management and nature conservation. The service is responsible for the designation of Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and running a programme of sustainable woodland management across the borough, which uses nature conservation volunteers and specialist contractors to carry out the works.

The team of four Landscape Architects, two Ecologists, two Urban Designers and Conservation of the Historic Environment officers is highly skilled and continually maintain professional standards through continued professional development, with staff who are Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), MAUD accredited Urban Design and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).