How we do it

    Morgan + Pollard Landscape Architecture recognizes that every project is different and provides unique challenges and opportunities. We tailor our service to meet the specific requirements of the client/project. However, generally our design process for residential projects includes the following steps:

    1. Initial Client Meeting

    Initial consultation with client to discuss the project and establish a design brief. Depending on the size and scope of the project, this usually takes between 30mins to an hour.

    (This can be either at our offices or on-site. If you have any relevant site plans, contour plans, house plans or existing landscape plans then it would be good to bring these along. Also any photos/ images of particular styles or features that you like.)

    2. Offer of Service

    Prepare an Offer of Service (OOS outlining our understanding of the design brief, the tasks required to complete the work, an itemised fee proposal and a timeframe for completing the work.

    (We don't charge for the initial client meeting (already undertaken) if it was based at our office or in the general vicinity of the Christchurch CBD.)

    3. Base Plan

    Following acceptance of our OOS, we require the client to provide a scaled site plan (preferably in digital format) illustrating the site boundary, buildings, underground services and other existing features necessary to create a base plan.

    (If there is no base plan data available then we can carry out a site survey and measure in step 4)

    4. Site Visit

    Carryout a site visit and appraisal of the site and the proposal. This includes taking photographs, surveying landscape features (not shown on the site plan) and look for opportunities and constraints.

    (The initial client meeting and site visit can sometimes be carried out concurrently, particularly for projects outside of the Christchurch urban area).

    5. Draft Plan

    Prepare a draft landscape concept plan resolving the layout and function of the landscape spaces. At a conceptual level, determine key landscape features and treatment including the type of planting - trees, shrubs and ground-covers.

    6. Second client meeting

    Meet with the client to discuss the draft concept and identify minor revisions and refinement. We prefer to carry out the second client meeting on site to use the opportunity to visualise the design concept on the ground.

    (For less complicated projects we usually meet the client at our design office, or email the client the draft plan and carryout a telephone discussion)

    7. Final Plan

    Make minor amendments and complete the landscape concept plan. (This is the final landscape concept plan, drawn to scale, with notes and annotations for key material, features and finishes). We can provide the plan in digital and colour printed formats. This completes the conceptual process.